In our last blog entry, we discussed men (or the lack thereof) in the child care field. Only 4.4% of all early childhood professionals are males, yet men represent around half of the population. Research studies have found that children (boys AND girls) benefit from having both male and female educators. Boys in particular have improved academically and socially after being taught by a man. By recruiting more men into the classroom, the early education field will surely provide a more diverse and balanced experience for young children.
Are you ready to TRY IT? There are lots of ways to increase the number of male educators in the system. Fathers: volunteer in your child’s classroom this year and participate in a few school activities (attend parent-teacher conferences, join the PTA). Parents: encourage boys AND girls to become educators. Providers: reach out to fathers/men in the community/grandfathers/etc. to recruit teacher and/or volunteers for your classroom. Anyone: advocate for higher wages for educators while also highlighting the important work that educators do.
*If you are an early childhood professional, you can attend a special workshop on this topic at our annual conference in October. “Making Your Program Boy-friendly, Father-friendly and Family-friendly (& it’s good for girls too)!” will be facilitated by Bryan Nelson from MenTeach. Learn more and register for the conference here.