Where have all the male teachers gone?
by efuller3 on October 28, 2016 - 10:27am
We spend at least twelve years of our lives in a school setting in the presence of teachers. Almost everyone has a teacher who has influenced their lives and for many instilled a love of learning and a want to educate. Education is not gender biased and teaching is not specifically geared toward one gender. Schools however, are seeing less and less male teachers. Elementary and Middle Schools specifically are seeing fewer men, with less than twenty percent of teachers being male. Part of this can be due to the low salary and less prestige that teaching in American now holds. Though there have been advances in equality, many people still view men as the “breadwinner” of the family and as such, men are less likely to take a lower income. It is also noted that many men choose not to teach in elementary settings because society is less likely to accept a male teacher for young children. Males teachers are more likely to experience resistance by parents who are uncomfortable with men teaching their children and even bring about lawsuits connected to sexual misconduct. This can deter men teaching in lower grades. This can cause issues because as a nation we need to be encouraging the best candidates to teach our children. American educational standards have been lowering and in order to bring them up we need to find teachers who foster a love of learning in students whether the teacher be male or female. As a nation, teaching needs to once again be viewed with the respect that other professional careers are. Even though we pride ourselves on the steps we have taken as a society in the promotion of equality, viewing teaching as a “female” profession has been a very prevalent idea. This has led to less qualified candidates perusing the profession and people who could have been amazing teachers choosing a different path.