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Missing Male Teachers

Missing Male Teachers

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When you were in elementary school, did you see many male teachers? I could've counted the Mr.'s at my elementary school before I even started kindergarten — 1, 2 (hi, Mr. Barnett and Mr. Heck*!). Turns out, according to the National Education Association, merely 9 percent of elementary school teachers are men. Boston Globe columnist Derrick Z. Jackson sees those few male faces, and sees a problem. He had male teachers in the 3rd and 5th grades, and saw in them some differences in instruction style that he'd hate to have grown up without. Did you have any male teachers in elementary school? Did you learn differently from them?

*Note to Mr. Heck: You'd be so proud of me. Remember how you used to always dump my messy desk? I can't say I learned anything from that weekly routine — you should see my desk now!

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