We were the biggest kids in the school, the seniors, the ones everybody else looked up to. We were special. After all, we had the first man teacher that our 1-8 grade grammar school had ever had. The only other males in the building were the much hated principal and the much loved janitor.
I still remember his name, and I still have a clear picture in my mind of what he looked like, after all these years. I didn't have a crush on him, or anything like that, but I did think he was good looking ... all the girls did. I haven't a clue what the boys thought about having a man teacher, after 7 years of women teachers.
I've now retired from 29 years of teaching, 25 of which were in one elementary K-5 school. In that time there were usually 1 or maybe 2 male teachers out of a faculty of 30 or so, plus the male principal. The janitor was female, but there was a maintenance man for some of those years.
There's been some very bad publicity in the last few years about female teachers being jailed for having sexual relationships with young male students, and there are more and more news reports of male teachers being accused of having sex with their female students. There's also been quite a bit of research supporting the idea that students learn better in same sex classrooms with a teacher of the same sex. Between pedophile teachers and students learning going downhill, is it time to try some different classroom arrangements in our public schools? For homeschooling moms teaching sons, are you shortchanging your boys?
Did you have any experience with opposite sex teachers or same sex classrooms? Or any opinions on these ideas?
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