More Men Teachers: Let's Recruit Men Into Teaching & Early Childhood Education! by Mike Prochaska
The problem is that we are still viewing the care and education of young children as the work of women. Only 2 percent of the teachers within mainstream early childhood are men. Only 2 percent in the entire world, not just America, and the reason I believe is because men have not been recruited to work in early childhood education. Men need to see other men working with children not just as dads, but as grade school teachers, daycare teachers, preschool teachers, toddler teachers and infant teachers.
Every year we see commercials and advertising encouraging women to be police, fire people, engineers, in the armed forces, etc., but never do we see commercials and advertising about boys working with kids and taking care of the elderly. Men need to be made to feel like they belong in this field along with women.
More men should be encouraged to take up jobs in child care, according to early years experts who claim that male employees could help boost the workforce and offer positive, caring role models for children. That is why I want to introduce MenTeach.org to you. It's a website that has been working on recruiting more men into the early childhood education field. If you're a man and are considering teaching, you should check it out. If you are lucky enough to live in Ireland, they have their own webpage, MenInChildcare.net, and they give out scholarships to men who want to work in early childhood education.