Girls can be doctors, but what about boys?

Disney’s ‘Doc McStuffins’ is a “cure for the common stereotype,” according to  the New York Times, which praises the cartoon for featuring a six-year-old black girl who aspires to be a doctor.

Her mother is a doctor (Dad stays home and tends the garden), and the girl emulates her by opening a clinic for dolls and stuffed animals. “I haven’t lost a toy yet,” she says sweetly to a sick dinosaur in one episode.

The series is a ratings hit with preschoolers and much appreciated by black parents, reports the Times. But where’s the role model for black boys? They couldn’t give little Doc McStuffins’ father a job? Black girls are far more likely to go to college, earn degrees and become doctors than their brothers.

Would you teach? 'No way'

Hilary Lustick’s New York City students say they respect black and brown teachers but act up when teachers are suburban whites. But they don’t want to become the teachers they’d like to have, she writes on Gotham Schools.

Two students help with teaching in her sixth-period class.

They reinforce my routines with more precision than I do, insisting on total silence before they will call on a student and flat-out berating any out-of-turn or disrespectful comments. . . . These young women agree they have the organizational skills and classroom presence of natural educators, but neither would ever consider teaching high school. Alissa, who is blunt and would probably make a kick-butt high school teacher, says flatly, “No way. I see how we treat you guys.”

Students rarely see teachers who grew up in their communities and returned to teach,  “infusing the structures they need to succeed with the cultural tones and signals that will make them feel self-edifying and not submissive to the white man,” Lustick writes.

Because she doesn’t see strong teacher role models like herself, Alissa dismisses the entire profession as one unworthy of respect, one undeserving of her intelligence and effort.

It sounds like Alissa thinks teaching in the inner city is a very difficult job. Which it is.

When the teacher is an ex-porn star

Once a porn star, Tera Myers taught science for four years in St. Louis.  She was forced to resign when a student discovered her past.

Tera Myers — a k a Rikki Andersin, the buxom, blond star of such XXX-rated gems as “Tight Ass” — last week was outed by one of her male students at Parkway North HS in St. Louis, where the 38-year-old mom has taught juniors for the past four years.

After a meeting with administrators, she agreed to resign.

Myers was forced out of a teaching job in Kentucky five years ago for the same reason. In an interview on “Dr. Phil,” she said “she’d made the biggest mistake of her life turning to porn 15 years ago when she was broke.”

St. Louis school officials think Myers’ resignation teaches that what goes online stays online.  It also teaches that there’s no forgiveness for past mistakes — acting in porn is legal, if sleazy — if sex is involved.  I know Myers’ male students would giggle about her for awhile, but should she be hounded out of teaching as a result?

Cartoon role models

Not having grown up reading Goofus and Gallant in Highlights for Children, Mike Potemra asks a key question on The Corner:

Did American children actually admire Gallant and seek to emulate his behavior, or did they view him as an insufferable priss?

Insufferable priss, readers respond. A “socially conservative Evangelical Christian” writes that he and his daughter enjoyed laughing together at Gallant’s prissiness.

We still occasionally use it as a joking touchstone for over the top goody two shoeing.

Another compared Gallant to John Edwards:

As I remember it, both Goofus and Gallant were annoying. Goofus may have existed only for Gallant to correct, but at least he was funny sometimes. Gallant was, as you put it, insufferable. Think John Edwards minus the philandering and failed presidential bids.

Potemra links to a Goofus and Gallant parody at Yankee Pot Roast that takes them into their dating years.

At the restaurant: Goofus generously encourages his date to Biggie Size it. Gallant orders in fluent French and flirts with the waiter. At the movie: Goofus provides color commentary for the hard-of-hearing while trying to slide his hand down the back of his date’s pants. Gallant makes catty remarks about the characters’ outfits.

I was an avid Highlights for Children reader in my youth. I liked everything — except for Goofus and Gallant. Poor Goofus never caught a break. And Gallant . . . Whoever created the character must have missed the point of the odious half-brother Sid in Tom Sawyer.