“Three quarters of parents questioned believe that it is important for young children to have both male and female teachers and 83 per cent say that they would like to see more men teaching primary age children.”
“Research reveals that one in four parents questioned (25 per cent) are concerned about their child not having enough interaction with male primary teachers. More than a quarter (26 per cent) worry that their offspring won’t get a male perspective on life, and 22 per cent are concerned that their children do not have enough interaction with positive male role models. Three fifths of parents (61 per cent) feel that male teachers have a crucial role to play in helping children feel more confident with men.”
This comes from a October 2005 News Release.