Shortage of Male Teachers in Elementary School

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Women dominate the elementary school teaching profession. Men don't like the lower salaries and or are afraid of a child molestation charge

Shortage of elementary school teachers

Montreal and American women of the 1960's and 1970's could not get to be the boss they could only fill in for the boss

Women did not generally get to be the boss they could only serve the boss. In turn this also affected the salary a woman could make. Generally speaking women had a ceiling on what kinds of professions they could enter with the intention of rising to the top.

The suffragists were champions of women in the teaching field. Traditionally, more women than men were grade school teachers; one good reason is that the salary was less than a high school teacher salary.

Even when men did take the position of elementary school teacher they were still paid more; 95% of teachers in kindergarten and pre-school were (and still are) women, while 90% of men in the teaching field even today teach at universities. The opportunities for women in administrative positions such as school principal, or higher education positions were not available in the 1960's and 1970's though this area is more open today.

Right now there is a shortage of male teachers in elementary schools. Men are not attracted to elementary school teaching especially because of the lower salaries.

Can;t touch children

Mike Parr, an assistant professor of education at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ont Men feel that .“They're getting the bias, unintentionally, that school is a girl thing,” “They don't see teaching or reading, or even learning, as a guy thing.”

This phenomenon is not only happening in Montreal, it is happening all over North America.

“If they're not turned off by the prospect of being the only man using the unisex bathroom, or the lone male at the lunch table, men, several studies suggest, see the profession as a nurturing, feminine domain, underpaid, over-worked, low in social status and – for a male – stigmatized."

There is also a new reality about male teachers and young children to be discussed in an article later on. This reality is social paranoia centering around sexual abuse. There there of course is sexual abuse unfortunately in this world, however, the fear has spread to any male whose job is to be with children.

Empathy is compromised

According to CTV news, male teachers are afraid to touch a child for fear that they will be called a sexual abuser, this means that the young children do not get the nurturing from normal healthy contact such as a teacher comforting a child in distress, as they should.

This could mean a male teacher who has held a frightened child's hand to usher the child to the nurse's office, it could mean putting a hand on a shoulder or shoulder-blade (actually case in Montreal) to take a child to the principal's office and so on.

The fear is helping to create a shortage of male teachers.

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Jun 2015 (#)

We have taken the sexual abuse thing away beyond where it should be. Thirty years ago a teacher could console a frightened without any thought but helping the child. We have got to get back to a common sense approach. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
29th Jun 2015 (#)

I totally agree

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