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To get weary of the stance re male teachers

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GetSomeCatsOut · 11/07/2015 21:07

AIBU to get a little fed up with the attitude expressed by some that a teacher is superior in the classroom (particularly but not always) the primary classroom?

I have actually had people say to my face 'that class needs a MAN!' or in the case of male candidates for interview 'oh fantastic; that's just what we need!'

It seems acceptable to be casually sexist in a way that the equivalent prejudice in say racism wouldn't be expressed.

Have others experienced this?

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derxa · 12/07/2015 09:34

I don't think there is a difference between the sexes as far as the quality of teaching is concerned - at all.
Primary staffrooms with people wittering on about their domestic arrangements. Queen bees and their acolytes... It's grim and I'm sure many would agree.

Goshthatsspicy · 12/07/2015 10:10

Two of my children have had male key workers at pre school. I was at primary school in the 70's. There were two male teachers in juniors, a male headmaster and a male deputy head. I see that might have been a bit unusual?

AICM · 12/07/2015 11:56

Apocalypse: Could clarify your statement about EVERY school having AT LEAST one "toucher"? Do you have any evidence of this and do you still stand by your comment?

It's just that DH is a male primary school teacher. He began teaching in 1984 and on many occasions in the 1980s was the only male in the schools he taught in.

SDTGisAnEvilWolefGenius · 12/07/2015 12:12

There were a number of male teachers at the dses primary school, and I thought it was a very good thing - from my observations, they had a different approach and teaching 'manner' to the women - not better or worse, but different - and my dses responded well to them.

I also thought it was a good thing for the children to experience being taught by a man before they went up to senior school, where there are far more male teachers - otherwise it might be a bit of a culture shock after nurseries/preschools and primary schools where the main influence is female.

But of course, the bottom line is whether the teacher teaches effectively and gets on well with the class whilst maintaining discipline - not their gender.

BoneyBackJefferson · 12/07/2015 12:33


How do you feel about women only short-lists?

GetSomeCatsOut · 12/07/2015 12:38

Do you mean someone saying 'here is the six best qualified candidates, let's shortlist them' and they all happen to be women, or someone saying 'wonderful - we've had three women and four men apply. Let's shortlist the women - they'll be better and bring something to the children the men won't!'

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BoneyBackJefferson · 12/07/2015 12:45

I mean someone saying lets only allow women to apply for the job, or even we must have X% of women in these posts so lets only let the female applicants through.

GetSomeCatsOut · 12/07/2015 12:59

I think that's prejudiced.

Don't you?

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BoneyBackJefferson · 12/07/2015 13:07

I agree that its prejudice.

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