The number of male teachers is nearing a 40-year low. One quarter of K-12 teachers are men; only 9 percent of elementary school teachers are men.
Why? It’s the money, says Newsweek, though that’s as good or better than it used to be.
The stereotypes also discourage men from teaching young children.
. . . if a man expresses tenderness or too many traits associated with being female, some parents assume the male teacher is gay. Last fall Justin Smith, a first-grade teacher in North Kansas City, Mo., told the mother of one of his students that he’d be happy to tie a scarf on the child’s Halloween costume. A few hours later, the principal notified Smith that the mother had requested her son be pulled from the class because she didn’t want her child “taught by a homosexual.”
Smith is married. To a woman.
The fear of child molesting accusations makes male teachers very cautious. If his first-grade students need help “undoing buckles or rebuttoning pants when using the toilet,” Smith makes them step into a public hallway where he has witnesses.
Mister Teacher has a third-grade student who calls him “Miss Teacher.”