2007 Report Out/Male Teachers

The 2007 NEA Executive Summary is online, and I was especially interested when I read that in 2006, 24.4% of U.S. public school teachers are male (it’s MUCH lower in the elementary grades–I’ve seen reports that report anywhere from 8 to 12%). Kansas had the highest amount (33.3%), followed in order by Oregon (31.4%), Alaska (30.9%), and Indiana (30.5%). The lowest percentages of male faculty were in Arkansas (17.5%), Mississippi (17.7%), Louisiana (17.8%), South Carolina (17.9%), Virginia (18.8%), and Georgia (19.3%).

Imagine how great it would be if children had more male role models to see every day in the classroom…what an interesting thought!

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  1. I teach in an elementary school (k-8) in Missouri. We have over 500 students and two male classroom teachers. We used to have three, but one became an administrator. There are many reasons men don’t want to teach elementary: money, respect, threat of child abuse charges. I suspect there are also reasons like coaching, looking at high school girls, older kids easier to relate to.

    Whenever I get frustrated and tell my wife I am quitting she always comes back with, “You may be the only male role model your students see, or you may be the only good role model they have.”

    I think I teach elementary because I believe that I can be part of changing a child’s attitude, behavior, and maybe even his or her life.

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