I found the above article through a former co-worker because her dad and his elementary school classroom are featured:
"To this day, there is a negative perception about men, especially young single men, who want to work with young children," said Elvis Sanchez, a Whitfield County, Ga., teacher who recently formed Male Elementary Teacher Advocacy, or META, to push for more men teaching in elementary schools.
He said he received many raised eyebrows and much cautionary advice from professors while studying elementary education. One hiring administrator even told him she wouldn't have hired him had he not had a wife and kids.
"That is why there is a huge need for advocacy," Sanchez said.
There's also a perception that men just aren't capable of working with young children, said Bryan Nelson, director of the national clearinghouse Men Teach.
"They say it's not men's work," he said.
So part of the advocacy work is encouraging men to believe they can be effective at the job.
I can say that I don't recall a single male teacher other than our P.E. teacher in my elementary school. I suspect that has probably changed in almost 25 years, but the numbers are still arguably low. I certainly don't think that there ought be a 50/50 gender split or anything, but having an overall larger male presence in the school is bound to be beneficial in the younger grades.
What are your thoughts about having more male teachers in the school system?