Taught overwhelmingly by female teachers, boys are falling behind in school, writes Glenn Reynolds in a USA Today column. Why aren’t schools under pressure to recruit male teachers?
If elementary teachers were predominantly male and girls were doing poorly, “Title IX-style” equity legislation would require gender balance, writes Reynolds, a law professor who blogs as Instapundit.
Boys get the message that they’re naughtier and not as smart as girls, say researchers. They’re disciplined more and suspended much more often.
Female teachers also give boys lower grades than girls for similar work, according to research in Britain.
“More and more, it’s looking like schools are a hostile environment for boys,” writes Reynolds.
“Boys perform better when they have a male teacher, and girls perform better when they have a female teacher,” concludes Stanford Professor Thomas Dee.
Yet only 18 percent of elementary and middle-school teachers are male.
If elementary schools hired math/science specialists, it would be easier to get more men in elementary classrooms. Single-sex classes also would increase boys’ odds of having a male teacher.