Jamaica: Retired Male Educator Fell in Love with Teaching at Age 17

Sixty-seven-year-old Devon Vassel fell in love with the teaching profession at the age of 17, while working as a pretrained teacher at the Bull Savannah All-Age School in St. Elizabeth, on leaving high school in 1972. “As my life went on teaching at Bull Savannah, I just fell in love with teaching, and I saw […]

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England: Study highlights male teacher’s strengths

ARCHIVES: Men In Early Years Teaching is a thesis by former primary school teacher Louise Dryden for her master’s degree in primary education at the London Institute of Education. She feels that one reason for the lack of men in early years is that they have few positive male role models. Of the 10 male […]

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Management Queries: What to do when a parent objects to a male practitioner being on potty duty?

What is the most effective way to respond to a parent’s request that male staff do not take their child to the toilet, Gabriella Jozwiak asks our early years panel Q. A new family has requested that our male practitioner does not take their child to the toilet or be left alone with them. I’m […]

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Korean schools lack male teachers

Schools in Gyeonggi Province are facing a dire shortage of male teachers. This is because females prefer to work at schools in the metropolitan area, which they believe offer a better education environment for their children. Male teachers tend to apply for schools in rural areas, which gives them an advantage in getting promoted later […]

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Would Teacher Salaries Get There Quicker If More Teachers Were Men?

In 2019, the Starfish Institute, a non-profit advisory group I founded, conducted research for a Fortune 50 company on the challenges to recruiting and retaining front-line health workers in South Africa. Among all the reasons identified, one stood out: Nurses and midwives were undervalued as a profession. In some languages, “midwife” was a derogatory term. […]

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