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Survey about Male Teachers; K-12th grade

Original post made by College Student, another community, on Sep 14, 2009

I'm currently doing some research about K - 12th grade male educators.

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Posted by Julie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 14, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Julie is a registered user.

1a) My first daughter had a male Teacher's Aide in her co-op preschool in Daly City. No, it did not bother me at all. Her main kindergarten teacher was female, but sort of co-taught/shared a room with a male teacher. Again, I was fine with it, even liked him. She later had a male teacher in 4th grade and I liked him a lot. My second daughter also had a male 4th grade teacher (though not the same one). My daughters have also had male teachers in Middle School and High School...still fine with it!

1b) Personally I think it is wonderful when men work as teachers, at all levels. I work for Head Start and many children are without fathers/father figures and so a male teacher would be a plus. I do not consider a man any more likely to be abusive in any way than a woman. I expect that all prospective teachers, regardless of gender, are screened appropriately.

2) I think it's too bad that the field of education does not attract men, particularly in the elementary grades, for several reasons. First, children will need to learn to interact with both genders throughout their life. Second, at various stages of their development boys respond better to men/girls to women and so it seems unfair to boys that the profession is slanted so much toward women. Finally, I think it is healthy for children to see men in "care giver" roles (e.g. working with younger children). Boys should start out young viewing positive parenting role models, just like girls do.

I've noticed that when men are around, children respond very positively. There is a male aide at the school where I work and the children adore him. Men and women both have special traits they bring to the table, I think it is preferable when children can be exposed to all of those traits.

Good luck with your research!

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Posted by resident
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 14, 2009 at 10:13 pm

I'm currently doing some research about K - 12th grade male educators.

1 a) If your child/children currently has or use to have a male teacher, does/did it bother you?
1 b) What if the teacher is teaching in a preschool, Kindergarten, 1rst, or 2nd grade classroom (lower elementary)?

My daughter has one at Gingerbread preschool and he seems WONDERFUL! I would be lying if I didn't admit that there was some hesitation, mostly because of scary stories you read about (hello, Castlewood tennis?!?!) but you can't raise your kids in a bubble, and male teachers offer such a different (in a good way) set of skills and aptitudes for reaching kids... especially boys who love more physical activity.

2) It's a known fact that the education/teaching profession has more females than males. Current studies approximate that of all U.S. school teachers (K-12), only a quarter are males, and less than 10% of these teach in elementary school classrooms. How do you feel about this?

I really think it's because men still have a provider expectation in our society and teachers who are married are generally not the "alpha earners" in their families. I have known several males who considered teaching but ruled it out for income potential reasons.

Any comments are welcome- there is no "good" or "bad".

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 15, 2009 at 9:14 am

My children never had male teachers until middle school. I think their male teachers are wonderful.

I would have been OK with male teachers in elementary school. As long as they are good teachers, I don't care if they are female or male.

A good friend of mine (male) is a third grade teacher, and he is very well liked in the school where he works. He has been a third grade teacher for many years, and he runs a very fun class, the kids really like him, and the parents too.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 15, 2009 at 9:19 am

I forgot: now that I think about it, my children did have male teachers in elementary school, but it was only for P.E. It did not bother me. What my children never had, was a male primary teacher in elementary school. Even the music teachers were female, and it was P.E. only where they had male teachers.

As long as a teacher is good, gender does not make a difference. We should not try to talk statistics (only 10% males, etc). The goal should be to have good teachers, whether these are males or females.

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Posted by Nicole
a resident of Del Prado
on Sep 15, 2009 at 10:44 am

Funny you bring this up. I was just discussing this with my husband the other day.

1)My daughter is in 8th grade. Over the years she has had male teachers which I think is fine. I become concerned when you have YOUNG male (or female) teachers educating our high schoolers. Some high schools age girls (& boys) are very easily influenced by a young man (or woman). While others are too sexually mature for their age & flirt inappripriately. I've seen many cases where both parties fall victim to infatuation. I think the ages are too close for comfort & you tease with dangerous desires at that point.

I think it is fine in the lower grades. You will always find a bad seed here & there, but women have been found guilty of the same crimes against children that men have. They just haven't been so publisized.

Gender really shouldn't matter.

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Posted by interesting
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 15, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Good responses. However if you are doing a real survey this is not the place to get info. No internet survey is reliable, though the people here seemed to have answered honestly.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Sep 16, 2009 at 10:12 am

I have sons....which might be important to know for your survey. They only had PE teachers at the elementary level. In middle and high school it just so happened that the male teachers happened to be the best (in our situation)in classroom management and in making the class interesting. They took their profession very seriously - they may have been the main income I don't know. I can understand the comments of young teachers at the high school having an influence on the kids - I saw that many times with both male and female teachers but I think I saw it in a good way. They were passionate, current and were not burned out in their careers. They often didn't have the distraction of family responsibilities at home and as a result gave 150% to the kids. I think it's all a "it depends".

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Posted by Soccermom
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 16, 2009 at 10:29 am

1a. My 2 boys have had male teachers off and on throughout school. I have been totally fine with his, with one exception-- my older son had a terrible (male) math teacher in 8th grade. I don't think my son learned much of anything from him, and now in 10th grade has big deficits in his algebra knowledge. I'm not sure how much the teacher's being "male" was a factor-- he was just a lousy teacher.

1b. My younger son had a long-term male substitute teacher in 2nd grade who was fabulous in teaching the kids about scientific method. I don't think the regular female teacher (who was on maternity leave at the time) could have taught them that. My younger son also had a male teacher for 5th grade who was totally into math and space science, which my son loved.

2. I would personally like to see more male teachers, perhaps because my kids are boys. But I think one of the main reasons we don't see this is because traditionally males are the family breadwinners, and as we all know, teaching doesn't pay well (another topic for another day). Case in point: my husband would make a great high shcool physics teacher, but if he did that, his salary would immediately be chopped in half -- probably more. True shame.

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Posted by My three sons
a resident of Foothill High School
on Sep 17, 2009 at 10:35 am

As a mother of three sons, from 1st grade on, we sought out and had many male teachers for our boys. My sons always related better to male dispositions. Male teachers seemed to like the boys and understand them. Many female teachers favor girls and condemn boys for their more gregarious testosterone behavior.

Today’s educators expect boys to behave like girls or they push parents to medicate them.

We have had many great male teachers, and many great female teachers as well, in our 20 years in PUSD.

With love and guidance and understanding of their many challenges two of our three sons have been successful in college and the third will begin college soon. They have matured into fine young men without any medications.

We need more K-12 male teachers.

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Posted by Tad
a resident of California Reflections
on Aug 31, 2010 at 1:04 pm

I have always wanted to be a teached; my Mom bought me a chalkboard, per my request, and I pretented to teach to invisible kids in my room. Kids (and dogs) love me and me them; I can relate to them and know how to give them the attention they need. I always think I will target the unpopular kids and spend the school year with special focus on them to help make them more popular, and to get in touch with their special gift. I virtually raised my roommates 2 grandchildren from 1 - boy, and 6 - girl, for 15 years. My "granddaughter (I'm way too young to be a GF) recently said, after her brother was killed, "No Tad, DJ and I loved that you raised us." It really touched me.
The thing that made me decide against being an elementary teacher, was that I am same-for-same, so I always imagined a stigma, and false accusations, and etc. Now 51, an Executive Assistant, I want to change my career to Elementary Teacher. I feel I am a little old, and it takes 4 years. If I do decide to, I'd be open to teaching Black kids in the inner-city. Or Japan or China. I can bring good organizational skills to the classroom and strong moral support and example being a Jesus disciple.
Thank you.

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