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Proportion of Male Teachers Drops

This article in The Age (Sept 9) explores a few angles on why there is a disproportional drop in male primary teachers. Interestingly it suggests a range of reasons that are equally relevant for male and female teachers but it doesn’t buy into the challenging issue of trusting men with the care of children.

“Men are becoming a token presence in our children’s schools. In 2016 fewer than one in five primary school teachers were men and if the current rate of decline continues male teachers will be extinct by 2050.”

“In 1977 men were 28 per cent of Australian primary school teachers. In 2016 they were only 18 per cent. The proportion of men teaching in secondary schools dropped from 53 percent to 29 per cent over the same period.”

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The ‘trust’ issue is opened up in a School Governance (24 August) article that involved a study of Tasmanian male primary teachers. The conclusion:

“To minimise the fear of deterring men from being teachers, schools should ensure that they have clear policies, procedures and training in place to address acceptable conduct, behaviours and professional boundaries between staff and students. Having policies, procedures and training in these specific areas is a progressive step towards male primary teachers understanding what is expected of them as a teacher and to gain confidence in their role so they remain within the profession.”

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