The Normalisation of the Stigma Against Male Teachers

February 28, 2017


Below is a very destructive article against male teachers. Although not directly mentioning male teachers, the implications are obvious.

Parents are allowed to have their opinions about men’s ability to supervise and care for children, even though I contend that men make very good teachers and caregivers. What irks me is that this ridiculous and damaging article was published in the mainstream media, thus becoming yet another example of the growing normalisation of the stigma affecting men in teaching and care giving roles.

I implore the meainstream media to resist publishing this type of destructive drivel.


When our first daughter was born my husband and I made a family rule: no man would ever babysit our children. No exceptions. This includes male relatives and friends and even extra-curricular and holiday programs …

No one told her she’s off the planet? Or maybe they just quietly thought it, given how few sleepovers her friends have agreed to:

When my daughter goes on play dates I make sure that she will be supervised by a woman at all times. So far she has only slept at one friend’s house. Beforehand I spoke to my friend about our rule and clarified that if she’s going to pop out to shops for example and intends to leave our daughter in the care of her husband or another man then the sleepover cannot happen…

As you can imagine, this was not an easy conversation to have.


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There’s More Effective Methods than Simply Punishing Bullies

February 12, 2017


Here is one method that is more effective in counteracting bullying than punishments:


SCHOOLYARD bullies are more often stopped by meetings with their victims than by being punished, new research has revealed.

A study of 25 Australian schools found the best way to curb bullying was through ­restorative practice — asking a bully to reflect on the damage they have done and “act ­restoratively”.

Mediation and improving the social skills and assertiveness of victims also helped, schools said. But direct sanctions, such as verbal reprimands and detentions, were labelled least effective.

Researcher adjunct professor Ken Rigby, from the University of South Australia, said schools weren’t going soft on bullying by tackling the issue with mediation and meetings.

“You can’t stop all cases of bullying,” Prof Rigby said. “But teachers are increasingly seeing that direct sanctions don’t work particularly well.”

The study, published in the Australian Journal of Education, found some schools used direct sanctions in cases of extreme bullying or when restorative practice had failed.

Elwood Primary School uses mediation and meetings with students to stop bullying, but doesn’t punish kids with ­detention.

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Teachers Who Agree With This Guy Should Be De-Registered

January 30, 2017


Agree with this guy? You don’t belong in a classroom!


A MALE teacher of disabled students, who has been charged with accessing child pornography on the internet, has claimed he should be able to teach again, because no children were harmed.

The Queensland teacher was putting forward an argument to get his registration suspension lifted, so he could teach again before the three charges are heard in court.

He is facing charges of possessing child exploitation material and using a carriage service to access and transmit child pornography.

Queensland College of Teachers suspended the teacher’s registration on December 16 last year, after he was charged.

In his submission to Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, the teacher, who cannot be named, did not submit the charges were unfounded.

Instead, he argued the charges were only internet-related, and there was no suggestion any child under his care had been harmed.


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The Staggering Amount of Teacher Reported Child Abuse Cases

January 19, 2017


This is an indication that our teachers are vigilant, that they fundamentally care about their students and that they are really well educated about the signs of possible child abuse:


SCHOOL teachers are increasingly becoming child ­protection watchdogs with soaring numbers of abuse reports being made to authorities.

New figures reveal 5244 reports made by school staff were investigated by authorities in 2015-16, up from 4599 the previous year.

The data, due to be released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in the coming months, underlines the rising responsibilities of teachers.

Principals say an increased focus on domestic violence, and the inquiry into institutional child sex abuse could be driving the higher number of reports. Victorian Principals Association president Anne-Maree Kliman called for the reporting process to be streamlined, with some teachers stuck on the phone to authorities for up to an hour and other reports not immediately followed up.

“The time delay is a bother and I wonder how many calls got missed because of that,” Ms Kliman said.

“Sometimes we also get push-back from the (Health and Human Services) department asking what we think they should be doing.

“It’s not our job to be making those decisions.”

A Respectful Relationships program, aimed at tackling domestic violence, will be rolled out in schools this year.

It will include showing younger students pictures of both boys and girls doing the dishes and kicking the footy in an attempt to smash gender stereotypes, “gender literacy” and warnings about pornography for older students.

Judy Crowe, from the Victorian Association of State Secondary Principals, said decades of training teachers had created a culture of reporting abuse.

“Reporting abuse is so important that it transcends concern about teachers being expected to do things that put extra work on them,” she said. “Government schools have a reasonably good record in this arena.”

The Australian Education Union’s Victorian president, Meredith Peace, said schools needed long-term state and federal funding to help the “most vulnerable” students.

The State Government last year spent $51 million on about 640 student support staff, including half who were psychologists and one in five who were social workers.

An Education Department spokesman said new standards ensured schools were “well prepared to protect children from abuse and neglect”.


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Are School Uniforms Sexist?

January 11, 2017



My female students tell me that they would much prefer wearing pants to skirts and dresses. They say that pants are far more comfortable and more suitable for P.E. and playing on the monkey bars during recess.

Are uniforms sexist? I don’t think so.

That argument is going too far and it causes girls to think of themselves as victims when they aren’t.

Having said that, I hope that girls are given the option of wearing school sanctioned trouser options so that they can feel comfortable at school. They may not be victims, but there is still an opportunity there to address their comfort needs.

The debate about whether or not it’s sexist has heated up in recent weeks:


Cultural learning senior lecturer and psychologist Amanda Mergler pointed out in her piece on The Conversation that some parents felt requiring their daughters to wear dresses and skirts was outdated and amounted to gender disadvantage.

To this, I say piffle.

Dresses are not passe. Skirts are not discriminatory or symbols of sexism. They do not limit female power or confidence.

And having our boys and girls dressed the same — as boys, effectively — does not make them the same.

They are not, never should be, and clothes do not make the man (or woman). Celebrate difference, because difference between genders does not mean better or worse and schoolchildren should not be encouraged to see themselves as a homogenous, genderless blob.

Dresses are not by their nature sexualising creations.

Dresses and skirts are cooler in the heat of summer, have more wriggle room for wearers and are more easily kept looking neat.

But there are naysayers. A Journal of Gender Studies paper published in 2013 said dresses and skirts as school uniforms “ritualised girling” and affected the performance of the wearer.

Proponents of homogeny say dresses require girls to be more demure, and to walk, run and sit differently.

Dresses have a habit of ballooning in a breeze and girls are always at risk of showing their underwear.

The anti-dress brigade also argues dresses make girls more quickly available sexually. Yes, they seriously say that.

It is not sexist to wear a dress, just as it is not sexist to call someone a woman, as if by saying that, it is all she is. It is discriminatory to act as if wearing a skirt delegates that person to a lesser station, which is effectively what is contended by Mergler.

This is political correctness gone loopy, a distraction from the core issues around school uniforms. Surely, they are about practicality, appropriateness and, because this is a world where we seem to require it in every facet, choice that are subjects of discussion, not whether girls should wear dresses.

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Things Your Teachers Taught You That Are Wrong

January 4, 2017


A great list compiled and written by Misty Adoniou:


1. You can’t start a sentence with a conjunction

Let’s start with the grammatical sin I have already committed in this article. You can’t start a sentence with a conjunction.

Obviously you can, because I did. And I expect I will do it again before the end of this article. There, I knew I would!

Those who say it is always incorrect to start a sentence with a conjunction, like “and” or “but”, sit in the prescriptivist camp.

However, according to the descriptivists, at this point in our linguistic history, it is fine to start a sentence with a conjunction in an op-ed article like this, or in a novel or a poem.

It is less acceptable to start a sentence with a conjunction in an academic journal article, or in an essay for my son’s high school economics teacher, as it turns out.

But times are changing.

2. You can’t end a sentence with a preposition

Well, in Latin you can’t. In English you can, and we do all the time.

Admittedly a lot of the younger generation don’t even know what a preposition is, so this rule is already obsolete. But let’s have a look at it anyway, for old time’s sake.

According to this rule, it is wrong to say “Who did you go to the movies with?”

Instead, the prescriptivists would have me say “With whom did you go to the movies?”

I’m saving that structure for when I’m making polite chat with the Queen on my next visit to the palace.

That’s not a sarcastic comment, just a fanciful one. I’m glad I know how to structure my sentences for different audiences. It is a powerful tool. It means I usually feel comfortable in whatever social circumstances I find myself in, and I can change my writing style according to purpose and audience.

That is why we should teach grammar in schools. We need to give our children a full repertoire of language so that they can make grammatical choices that will allow them to speak and write for a wide range of audiences.

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Proof that High Schoolers are Obsessed With Nude Selfies

December 26, 2016



The Maths teacher who composed a quiz question about sending nude selfies clearly did the wrong thing. It was unprofessional and degrades both the teacher and subject.

But let’s put that aside for the moment.

Why would he do such a thing? Is he sick?

No. The obvious answer is that he was trying to engage his students by conflating skills to be assessed with real life interests shared by the students. This is something we are encouraged to do and is often quite effective.

The problem this teacher probably faced was that his students are really only interested in one thing.

So for all the parents that may have ranted and raved over the inappropriateness of the handout, this saga doesn’t just reflect poorly on the teacher:


A teacher set a maths question around nude selfies in a bid to make the subject more appealing to his students. However, his tactic has backfired – and he’s been given a written warning for his actions.

The teacher from the US wrote, “Tony can send 5 texts and 3 nudes in 19 minutes. He could also send 3 texts and 1 nude in 9 minutes. How long would it take him to send one text and one nude?”

Two students took a picture of the problem, and their father made a complaint to Fox News, who called the school. The City’s district supervisor Michael Sheppard then spoke with him.

Sheppard later told Fox: “We addressed the teacher and kind of clarified exactly what happened, and in this case provided what we thought was the appropriate consequence, which was clarification that that was inappropriate.”

He added, “He’s a good teacher, and just in this case, used an inappropriate word. You have to look to see if it is out of character or not, and in this case, it was something that happened that was just obviously not acceptable from the school district’s perspective. That’s why we took it, looked at it very seriously and provided the appropriate consequence.”


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Why I Wont Be Wearing a ‘Teachers For Refugees’ Shirt

December 6, 2016



Left. Right. Wrong. Right.

It makes no difference when you’re a teacher.

Teachers need to stay out of politics. We need to keep our politics to ourselves, regardless of the temptation to influence or indoctrinate our students.

I am all for better treatment of refugees, but that message is a political one and teachers shouldn’t let their politics mix with their basic responsibilities – to teach the curriculum and to look after the students’ wellbeing.

I want my students to make their own minds up about social issues and come to their own conclusions.

I would rather my students think for themselves than think like me.


HUNDREDS of Victorian ­primary and high schools teachers will wear pro-refugee T-shirts in classrooms as part of a national push to close offshore detention camps.

Organisers say school-based action will shine a light on refugees’ plight, but the state Opposition has criticised it as “political indoctrination”.

Up to 500 teachers at 30 Victorian schools will don T-shirts emblazoned with “Teachers for Refugees — Close the Camps, Bring them Here” and hold “informal discussions” in class from Monday in a stance backed by the education union.

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What are We Doing to Protect Our Teachers?

October 27, 2016



I want an assurance to my fellow colleagues that we are being looked after. That our protection is a top priority.

The video above depicts a student allegedly coming to the aid of his female teacher. The teacher was punched in the face by another student until this student intervenes and knocks the instigator out.

I am deeply concerned for this poor, defenseless teacher. What can she possibly do in such a situation? How can her bosses possibly assure her safety?

If I was her parent or partner, I would be begging her to resign. But she may be an extraordinary teacher. Do we really want our best teachers leaving schools who need their expertise?

How are we supposed to find the next generation of quality teachers when there is such a clear security risk associated with the profession?

Thankfully we have this footage, to remind us how defenseless we are in certain situations and how brutal being a high school teacher can be.


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We Need to Learn How to Teach Special Needs Students More Effectively

October 13, 2016


Special needs students can be trying at the best of times. They can test your patience, are often unresponsive to your wishes and can cause you great stress. But even still, they deserve a quality education. They also deserve to be treated fairly and properly.

It was upsetting to watch this video above, and even though a video doesn’t paint the entire picture and the teacher in question deserves the opportunity of reply, it is a shocking look. Nothing and nobody could ever cause me to drag a student by the hair!

But this shouldn’t be about a teacher’s conduct. It should be about the merits of a system that glosses over the practical needs of teachers such as what to do with students who are volatile, harmful and erratic? What do you do when you are confronted with a special needs student who doesn’t have the capacity to moderate their reckless behaviour?

The teacher in question will get her consequence, but the rest of us will be poorer for a lack of real leadership on this very important issue.


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