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ERIC Number: EJ850371
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
Needed in School Teaching: A Few Good Men
Washington, Valora
New England Journal of Higher Education, v23 n5 p18-19 Spr 2009
There is a definitive gender gap in institutions of higher education, with female students making up significant majorities of undergraduate enrollments nationally--more than 60% at many colleges and universities. In addition, U.S. Department of Education statistics show that male students (no matter their race or socioeconomic group) are less likely than female students to fulfill the requirements to earn their bachelor's degrees. Among those who do, fewer men complete their degrees in four or five years. With fewer men enrolling in and completing college, campuses are out of balance. This leads inevitably to a lack of men in college and university education departments, which impacts the availability of men as role models in elementary and secondary schools. The number of male school teachers is at a 40-year low for reasons ranging from fear of abuse allegations to low pay. In this article, the author, president of the CAYL Institute, explains how her Cambridge, Massachusetts-based outfit aims to close the gender gap in teaching. Recruiting and retaining more men in the field of early care and education is vital to the future success of children. When boys and girls lack the first-hand experience and knowledge of men who are caring and nurturing, the message they receive is that it is not an important trait for men. It is an unfortunate truth that men commit the majority of violence in the country, often toward each other. Until people demonstrate that men can teach, be productive and help children succeed, everyone will lose.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts