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June 18, 2009

Including more males in the classroom

In my story today, I wrote about efforts to increase the number of males in schools.

For whatever reason, males have been noticeably absent from the school setting. Recently there have been initiatives to reverse that. The program that I found at one Howard County elementary school encourages fathers at the school to spend the day helping out teachers, and serving as an addition set of adult eyes in the hallways.

What do you think about increasing the number of males in the school? Is it necessary? What other creative ways might work to accomplish this?



Absolutely, more males in the classrooms especially in the early grades is essential. Historically, females have always been portrayed as the "teachers" at the elementary levels and that may have been true when all teachers were single and lived on the prairie. The best thing that ever happened to my son was his second grade teacher, a young man, who made him realize that men could teach math and English and science and history and how to be a civilized person. I only hope that that teacher, 18 years later, is still making an impact on young children like he did on my son. Thanks.

I think the word you want to use is men, not males.

Guess the copy editors have left the building...

Sorry for chiming in late. I work in a baltimore city high school. We are proud that our school is 65% male (which is definitely the exception) and we are successful. The most noticeble thing in our school is the number of males (fathers, grandfathers, uncles, etc.) who come to the school. What a difference it makes!!!!

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