There is no Need to Sort Out the Gender Imbalance in Teaching

There is a disproportionate number of female primary teachers to males and there always will be. Instead of manipulating the numbers and offering incentives for males to join up, how about we look for teachers based on quality rather than gender? As much as it would be nice to have more men taking up primary teaching, I am not certain it is a position which men have an interest in. Many of my friends would sooner collect the dole than sign up to be a teacher. Whilst I love my job very much, most men don’t understand how why I selected my profession over the myriad of alternatives I had to choose from.

I love the position male teacher, Rocco Marchionda, takes on this issue:

Rocco Marchionda is a bit of an oddity.

At a glance, his kindergarten classroom at Merrill Elementary School in Oshkosh looks like any other song-filled, activity-oriented room of 5- and 6-year olds.

The unusual part is Marchionda himself: He’s a man. Teaching kindergarten.

“Pretty much everyone I’ve ever worked with is female. I can’t imagine what it would be like to teach with another male,” he said.

But that doesn’t seem to bother local educators as long as the teacher does a good job.”At the end of the day, the point is how the teaching is getting done and how the students are learning,” said Marchionda, who has been in the profession 13 years.

Marchionda said he became a kindergarten teacher because “in no other grade have I seen children grow so much.”

While educators want better diversity in their schools, Inda said she doesn’t believe the imbalance is a problem.”The most critical piece in a classroom teacher is not whether they’re male or female. It’s their ability to be a great teacher,”Jean Inda (director of professional education programs) said. “The worst thing we could do is encourage more males to go into elementary education if they’re not comfortable there.”

I couldn’t agree more.


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2 Responses to “There is no Need to Sort Out the Gender Imbalance in Teaching”

  1. John Tapscott Says:

    Government action to sort out the gender imbalance results in injustice. NSW took affirmative action in the matter of appointments for promotion initially by quarantining certain positions for women only. The result brought gender equality in terms of numbers but allowed the promotion of the wrong kind of people; people who were into power for its own sake. Certain sectors of the Anglican Church agonised over the ordination of women. The very women who clamoured for ordination, had they been men with the same attitude would not have been qualified on spiritual grounds. I think it’s time people recognised the fact that men and women ARE different and the difference is not in equality but in that they are complementary to each other. I know of a family where the husband took on looking after the house and the children while his wife went out to work. Simply rational. Her job paid better than his job. The children were very well brought up, well mannered and respectful. The house was always neat and tidy. Sensible people do not need the government interfering in their lives. Now people are not always sensible but that’s another story.

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