I am new to this website but have been in the ed field for 25 years. There is a field called Early Childhood Education which currently employs very few men if any. I work in a program that encourages men to apply because as research has stated men are an important part of the early years and can be the difference makers when measuring future success for boys. I do believe that is the answer to underachievement and it has to do with appropriate role models more than anything else. We are seeing a large population of single parent families without positive male influence and this is where the investment has to be made. You cannot wait until later on in school where we find more men teaching. We cannot skip the first 5 years as they are the most important and the age where there is the least amount of positive male role models for boys.