Gender-imbalanced teaching fails our boys

In all our sons? years of schooling, the number of male teachers they had could easily be counted on one hand. Which was a pity, because the boys loved them.

Feminists and government agencies fret about STEM, yet remain silent while education remains one of the most shockingly gendered segments of the workforce. Over 80% of primary teachers are female, and the trend is getting worse, not better. Quote:

The man drought in primary and secondary schools where numbers are only getting worse is an urgent problem that must be addressed. And the reality is it?s been coming for years, as highlighted by the 2002 Commonwealth parliamentary inquiry investigating the role and place of boys? education in schools titled Boys: Getting it Right?

The reasons why teaching has become a profession dominated by women and why it is no longer attractive to men are many. End of quote.

Feminists, of course, blame the imaginary ?gender wage gap?, and ignore anything else. Labor, despite peddling themselves as the ?education party?, have done nothing to arrest declining teacher standards (besides throwing more money at them). No wonder the brand of the profession is damaged. Quote:

The second problem?is the feminisation of the curriculum, what happens in the classroom and how schools operate.

Teacher education, according to the NSW academic Peter West, also undervalues masculinity and what it means to be male. West argues: ?Because of the profound influence of feminism on the social sciences, teachers are being greatly influenced by feminism. Unfortunately, there is almost no teaching of men?s issues ? unless masculinity is seen as a problem to be fought against?. End of quote.

Leftist orthodoxy ? that gender is a ?social construct? ? ignores the plain biological reality that every (sane) parent knows: boys and girls are intrinsically different. An overwhelmingly feminised workforce engineers a classroom environment merely suited to their prejudices, rather than the needs of their male students. Quote:

In subjects like mathematics, where boys used to excel, instead of focusing on numbers, equations and algorithms in order to positively discriminate in favour of girls the focus is now on reading and written work ? areas that better suit girls compared to boys.

Whereas the focus on English teaching was once about grammar, punctuation, spelling, clear thinking, parsing a sentence and writing a sound essay the emphasis is now on feelings and emotions, creative writing and boys are expected to be in touch with their feminine side.

Boys prefer a more ordered and disciplined classroom environment where they have clear instructions and where they are told whether they have passed or failed and what they need to do to improve. End of quote.

Not to mention the feminising of the texts studied. Curricula emphasise ?girly? texts, and then wonder why boys just stop reading.

Worse, schools are subscribing to sleazy Marxist grooming programs that openly demonise men. Quote:

There is also no doubt that the radical gender and sexuality program Safe Schools and the Respectful Relationships family violence program also have a negative impact. In both, men are stereotyped as sexist, violent and misogynist and teachers are told to teach that masculinity is a social construct without any positive or worthwhile qualities.

Imagine being a male teacher and trying to survive in a staffroom or school where such a negative picture prevailed. End of quote.

Boys and girls are just different. Feminised teaching treats boys? normal behaviour as pathological, and only rewards girls? natural inclinations. They system is massively discriminatory, and the results are showing. Boys are failing, and the feminised establishment not only doesn?t care ? it sneers triumphantly. Quote:

If teachers were more highly paid more men might be attracted to the profession but there is no guarantee that such would be the case. A better solution would be to reduce the number of teachers on short-term contracts and ensure that teaching as a career offers better job security and chances of promotion?A better and more effective strategy is to rebalance what is happening in schools, the classroom and the curriculum to ensure the needs of boys and men are treated as important as those of girls and women.

Instead of a deficit view of what it means to be male dominating schools and the curriculum we need to assert a stronger, more positive view of masculinity. As argued in a research paper titled Making it OK to be Male it?s time to ?promote in boys and men a positive sense of self?. End of quote.

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