Key Articles

A University Course: Men in Education and the Male Teacher

by Shaun Johnson - Indiana University
[MenTeach: Shaun Johnson has been working for many years on the topic of men teaching. He has offered a course about men teaching and continues to research and write about this topic. We've posted the introduction to his syllabus and have also attached the entire course outline.]

How to protect your school from sexual harassment cases

by Martha Irvine - Associated Press
Arthur Brokop, a young substitute teacher, shut the windowless door of the first-grade classroom he'd been called in to oversee.

He dimmed the lights while showing a video and, one by one, put three young girls on his lap so he could fondle them through their clothing.

The crime still haunts the school superintendent in this town surrounded by oil fields and the rugged high desert of northwestern New Mexico.

Including Men in Early Childhood Education: Insights from the European Experience

by Jan Peeters
Abstract: The European Commission Network on Childcare introduced gender as an issue in early childhood services in Europe. In 1996 the Network set a target of 20% male workers in childcare that had to be reached by 2006. Several campaigns and interesting initiatives were set up and were successful in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the UK and Belgium, but no European country has reached the target.

Male Elementary Preservice Teachers’ Gendering of Teaching

Montecinos & Nielsen
In this article, we examine how prevailing and alternative conceptions of masculinity framed the ways in which 40 White, male, elementary preservice teachers constructed the meaning of teaching. The imperatives associated with maleness were recognizable through four metaphors frequently used to define teaching and themselves as teachers; to teach is as follows: (a) to be a male role model, (b) to be a sports coach, (c) to appeal to reason, and (d) to prepare oneself for occupations within the field of education that carry more status.

Primary school boys want more male teachers

Training and Development Agency for Schools - UK
Primary school boys are calling for more men to teach them, as new research reveals that many have never been taught by a male teacher.

The study, published today by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA), finds that three-quarters (76 per cent) of boys aged eight to 11 are in favour of schools having teachers of both genders.

What is it to be a man?

by Jack Kammer
MenTeach: There is much discussion about men teachers being male role models. It's important to keep in mind that the idea of what "maleness" is - is constantly changing. Here is an excerpt from "Asking the Right Questions about Baltimore's African-American Underclass Men and Boys" by Jack Kammer


Does a male teachers deep voice make a difference in discipline?

[MenTeach: This discussion was posted to the ECEMen's list in July 2007. We thought it would be of interest to MenTeach readers.]

I am starting work on an article concerning gender differences and conceptions of classroom and behavior management in an ECE environment and I'm looking for some input.

Last year I was asked to step in and temporarily teach two different Head Start classes that had lost teachers mid year. Both classes had been without any real consistency or direction for weeks and the behavior challenges were many.

Can an employer require that only female staff change diapers?

Dianna Johnston - Assistant Legal Counsel - U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
One of our readers provided the the link to the letter below offering a legal opinion about whether females can be the only staff that change diapers:

The Male Teacher and Reading Achievement of First-Grade Boys and Girls.

Elizabeth F. Cascario
This is a study from 1972.

Call Me Mister: South Carolina Program Trains Black Men to Become Schoolteachers and Role Models

by Ernest Holsendolph - Diverse Issues In Higher Education
Now seven years old, the Call Me Mister program has placed 20 Black male teachers in South Carolina schools.

So how are they doing?

About six years ago, Mark Joseph found something he had been seeking for some time: a sense of purpose. A native of Greenville, S.C., Joseph had been a standout football and basketball player in high school, but he lasted just one semester at the University of South Carolina. Realizing that he just wasn't ready to buckle down, he says he drifted.
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