19 Jul Op-Ed: We Are in Desperate Need of More Male Elementary School Teachers
Early in my career, before I was married, I admit that I enjoyed all the comments and attention that came with being a male elementary school teacher. “Awww, that’s so cute” or “You must be sensitive” were ones I heard quite often.
I remember that even in my teacher prep program, there were only three male elementary education students. Carl Bilotta, Corey Serio, and I sat at the same table, back of the room, for most of our methods classes. We were the three “amigos” in the world of the “amigas.”
While there are no statistics indicating the exact percentage of males in elementary schools, we do know that when elementary and middle schools are combined, men account for roughly 17 percent of the teaching force. Compare that with 42 percent of male teachers in high school classrooms.
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