Posts Tagged ‘sexism in the classroom’

Why We Don’t Desperately Need More Male Teachers

November 24, 2019

 

There isn’t all that many male teachers operating at the Primary school level. Some think this a great shame and point to all the impressionable boys without male role-models.

It is true that there are a growing number of boys without male role-models. I don’t see this as merely an educational problem, but rather a societal problem. As a society, we have the responsibility for ensuring that fathers lift their game and take more responsibility for the raising of their own children.

As for teachers, I don’t want a male teacher to teach my son, I want a great teacher to teach him. An effective teacher is clearly a better result for any boy than merely a male teacher.

And the truth is that men do not seem to be attracted to teaching, especially at Primary level. Some say that the Government should incentivise men to take up teaching. I think this is a big mistake and amounts to a form of sexism. Firstly, you want your teachers to want to teach. This is an idealistic profession. Teachers choose to be educators for reasons other than money. I don’t think the result of men suddenly signing up only due to the extra incentives offered is good for developing quality in the profession. Worst still, that man is likely to take the spot of an idealistic female, who might desperately want to be a teacher. Do we really want to go down the path yet again of selecting men over women for gender reasons alone?

I am all for promoting the wonders of teaching to men. I am very much against offering incentives and Uni places to men over women for no reason other than their chromosomes.

 

Michael Grossman is the author of the children’s book, My Favourite Comedian. You can buy a copy by clicking on this link.

How Education is Sexist Against Men

January 11, 2018

One of the biggest myths in education is that the lack of male teachers is being addressed.

This is pure rubbish.

Can anyone name me a strategy or policy that seeks to promote or incentivise the career to men?

You can’t? Of course not. None exists!

And for all the talk that there is concern about the lack of male teachers, the numbers tell a totally different story. Statistics clearly show a mark decrease in representation.

Between 1977 and 2016 we see a drop in male representation from 28.5 per cent to 18 per cent in primary schools and from 54 per cent to 40 per cent in high schools, Australia-wide.

Whenever a female gender gap in representation exists, such as in STEM courses at university level, scholarships programs have been instituted in the name of diversity.

But here’s the thing.

It is ILLEGAL for universities to give scholarships to men in areas where they are underrepresented! That’s right, illegal!

How is that fair? How is that not sexist?

Statistics indicate that the disparity will get worse. And who could be surprised.

Nobody seems to care!

 

 

Click on the link to read The Normalisation of the Stigma Against Male Teachers

Click on the link to read And You Say You Want Male Teachers!

Click on the link to read A Male Teacher Drought or a Great Teacher Drought?

Click on the link to read Double Standards on Gender When it Comes to Teaching

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