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    Saturday, August 27, 2005

    In Pursuit of the Elusive "Male Role Model"

    Is it hypocritical of me to hate this?

    there are about three or four female teachers for every man at the head of a school classroom. Those figures, drawn from state data and a national teachers union, have led some public officials to voice concern about a dearth of male role models in public schools.

    Yesterday, Prince George's County school officials, Bowie State University and U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) announced a $560,000 initiative to help put more male teachers in the county school system.

    The program offers tuition subsidies and test preparation support to male teachers who need university coursework and a passing grade on a professional exam to become fully credentialed. The participants also get use of laptop computers for the year, monthly lectures from experts and peer support.


    It's not that I don't think more men should be teachers, it's just that I think that they should be able to do it on their own, like women do. Especially since, as soon as they get the jobs, they'll be paid more and promoted faster anyway.

    Couldn't we spend the money to have some campaign of encouragement for men to become teachers, rather than actually paying their way?

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