Where Are All The Males?

Women dominate pre-school and primary education all over the globe. The higher the level of education, the fewer females there are, and the more feminized an occupation appears; the lower the pay is.

Females are perceived as having the ‘natural’ skills and responsibilities it takes to teach. In fact, according to the Statistics Division of the US, women subjugate pre-school and primary education, apart from a few African regions.

Visible discrimination of women in the education workplace also occurs a great deal according to a 2008 report from the British Trade Union. The report stated that female teachers are less likely to be on a leadership pay scale compared to males as female Head Teachers account for just 40% in Secondary Education compared to 75% at Primary level. Is this a reflection of gender inequality in general?

Another study, ‘The Status of Male Teachersin Public Education Today’ concluded that the lowest percentage of male teachers in decades; only one in 10 elementary school teachers is a man. This is an enormous threat to gender equality and social equality in our global society. Moreover, according to a report by the American Association ofUniversity Women discovered that the average female teacher earns just 77% of what a male would.

Traditionally, women have taken on ‘nurturing’ roles such as babysitting, volunteering and day-care, which are in-line with innate female qualities. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the male population are unable to be successful in a ‘nurturing’ job; it simply implies that they are more likely to gravitate towards roles that flaunt their ability to provide rather than an ability to improve the lives of life quality of others.

According to an article published by the Telegraph last year, the early years workforce is still drastically governed women as a result of deeply ingrained gender stereotypes combined with fears that men will be labelled as pedophiles. Graeme Paton, the writer of the article, discovered that a quarter of primary schools in England are staffed completely by women and that men make up just 12% of primary school teachers. 

Some students go through the entire education system without being taught by a male. It is suggested by many that this may be because of the amount teachers get paid and the idea that men tend to look for positions that will gain them more economic income as opposed to personally rewarding. Additionally, men tend to better understand boys and female teachers are more likely to view boys as disruptive and rebellious. This gives male teachers the ability to gain the respect of their male students with a commanding, authoritative presence.

Gender bias has been a vast issue in the place ever since women first entered it- particularly in education. For decades, women have dominated the teaching realm; putting men off getting involved it in the first place without being plagued with stereotypes and presumptions about their skills, abilities and intentions. 

Therefore, the most effective way forward is to judge teachers and other education professionals by their talents and attributes as opposed to their gender, age or any other factor of their background. Great teachers are those who inspire their students and truly care for them.

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