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Wednesday, June 8, 2005
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At, the article is about the lack of male teachers in lower education and how women are more willing to settle for lower wages. To read the full post and to comment, go to: Show Them the Money !

The expression, "It's a man's world," can not be said for the teaching field, now that the number of male teachers is at a 40-year low.

National Education Association (NEA) research shows just 21 percent of the nations 3 million teachers are men.

NEA and, write that the discrepancy stopping men from entering the profession is lower wages, poor insurance, societal pressure for men to be good providers, low social status, skepticism from the public, fear of being sued and acceptance from friends and family. (read more)

PS: I have a date coming up with the guy I met on the subway late Saturday. I know, I know, sounds sketch, lol.

Posted by Tara at 9:01 PM PDT
Updated: Friday, June 10, 2005 10:54 AM PDT

Saturday, June 11, 2005 - 7:29 AM PDT

Name: SL

I have to disagree w/ the comment that women are willing to settle for lower wages. I don't think it's about settling. I just think that most female teachers are married and that their job is the supplementary job, therefore, not all the pressure of having to be the primary breadwinner.

Both of my SILs are teachers and even though they believe they deserve more money, it evens out for them b/c it's a great profession to be in when having children.

I do agree having male teachers is important. While I know many single moms do a wonderful job of raising sons, I still believe that boys need to have a strong positive male influence thier life. In our society today w/ so many single moms, more male teachers would be beneficial for those boys. JMO.

I do believe that teachers should earn more money though. Considering they are raising our kids for 8 hours/day, they are such a huge part of our society. They deserve to be paid appropriately.

I think it sucks that we are a society that has millionaire actors and sports stars...our kids grow up thinking they are role models b/c of the obvious importance (being in the news, being rich, etc) placed on them. I'm raising my children to not see these types of people as role models. JMO.

Great article, T!

Saturday, June 11, 2005 - 10:05 AM PDT

Name: Tara

Thanks, great comments SL! ;)

Monday, June 13, 2005 - 12:58 PM PDT

Name: jefito
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I read this article with great interest, seeing as how I'm beginning my credential program in August...nicely done. Oh, and thanks for stopping by my blog; you've been linked!

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