gender balance among teachers

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  1. athenssoest

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    One of the most common comments I get when people find out I want to teach is "Great! we need more male teachers." So the other day, I flipped through my old high school year book and counted 34 female teachers and 34 male teachers.
    As just sort of a general survey, what is a common gender balance in high schools?
     
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    I imagine that my school is pretty close to 50-50.

    My husband's school, an all boys's school, is overwhelmingly male. They're not against hiring female teachers, and have a few on staff. But I think that most women simply don't think to apply.
     
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    It's not balanced in elementary schools.

    We have 25 teachers (approximately) at my school. I am THE ONLY guy. I have been the only male teacher for five years at my school.
     
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    My experience as a sub (approximate numbers)

    - Elementary Schools - 19 of 20 teachers - female
    - Middle Schools - 14 of 20 teachers - female
    - High Schools - 12 of 20 teachers - female
     
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    Neither my elem, middle, or HS were very equal in gender, but there were the most men teachers at my HS.
     
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    50-50?????????


    I haven't seen or heard of that outside of college!!!!!


    Men just don't go into the teaching field at the same rate as women do. I can't answer how or why, but it seems that the earlier the grade level the less men you find.
     
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    This seems about right...

    I wonder though... Historically, has this changed at all? Has teaching been (in America), at each level, pretty much just as Major estimated it above?
     
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    The elementary school I observed at last fall had just hired their first male teacher in years that year - he was their gym teacher
     
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    We are elementary and have only one male teacher. Oddly though, we have 2 full time permanent subs that are both male.
     
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    I'm at an all boys school...2 females, rest males....and don't think that they don't get paid more than us...which they do.
     
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    In my school:
    K/1 - 8 female teachers
    2/3 - 8 female teachers
    4/5 - 3 male and 4 female teachers

    Seems like men more often teach older kids? Middle school and high school male teachers are more commonplace?
     
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    If I think of it while I'm proctoring today's geometry tests, I'll try for a real headcount :) We'll see how close I came.
     
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    OK, I just hit the school website and did a quick tally:
    68 males
    67 females.

    As close to 50-50 as is reasonable.
     
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    wow! that's the first time i've ever seen more male teachers than female teachers. Is your private school k-12 or just a high school?
     
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    Catholic school, grades 6-12. We're run by a group of religous brothers, so that contributes 8 men to the group.
     
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    We have no male teachers PreK-5, 1 in 6th grade,3 of 4 in 7-8 are male. We also have 1 male Sped teacher and the PE teacher is male. Our Principal and VP are female.
     
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    In the elementary schools where I teach there are no male teachers whatsoever for K1-K3.

    About half of my subbing is for high school honors math... There seems to be more male teachers for advanced math than female.
     
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    In the elementary (K-5) part of my school there are 17 women & 4 men. In our middle school, there are 8 women & 4 men.
     
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    We don't have any male teachers in our district until 7th grade. From 7th to 12th grade, I think we are pretty evenly mixed. I didn't have a male teacher in school until I was in the 6th grade.
     
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    We have four male teachers and five female teachers (all but one of whom are also the director, counselors etc), and in our college professors who come in just to teach college credit classes, three out of three are men.
     
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    Thanks for the link.
    That one person who said that the effect (of not having a better balance) is minimal, especially in light of the apparent fact that girls read better than boys at virtually every level... I wonder what he would attribute this amazing development to.
     
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    Among classroom teachers, there are currently 20 classroom teachers, and of those 20 classrooms, there are 3 male homeroom teachers. We have 1.3 PE teachers (both female) 1.5 Methods & Resource teachers (both female), 2 teachers that add up to 0.9 Music (One male, one female) and a Literacy Intervention teacher (female). We do have a male principal.
     
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    Elementary school: We've had some retirements this year so next year we will have ONE male classroom teacher and ONE male resource room teacher and about 25-30 female teachers unless some new males are hired... it's not about achieving balance though- it's about hiring people who are a fit for our district.
     
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    Right on, CzaCza!!! :thumb:
     
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    25 females and 2 males in the elementary school where I work. Last year the open spots in the district will all filled by males and after the interviews, it was said they even though there were very qualified females that interviewed for the positions, "we need more males in elementary" and this is why they were hired. I am not trying to knock male teachers. The males they hired are good, I just don't like the statement being made that we need more males in elementary, so we will hire them if they apply. I think it should be the best teacher, no matter if they are male or female.
     
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    The high school I went to was about 60:40 females to males. But I'm betting past middle school level, the gender ratios start to balance out.
     

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