Australian/NZ Parents...

Australia
December 20, 2006 4:00pm CST
I'm asking for honest opinions here...My partner has always wanted to be a kindergarten teacher. He was talked out of it years ago because of the stigma of being a male kindy teacher...it just wasn't really accepted. I'm wondering whether opinions have changed now - the people that talked him out of it were of the older generation so they were thinking years and years back. He absolutely adores kids and gets on so well with them! So as a parent these days would you have a problem with your child having a male kindy teacher? Please let me know what country you are from as well (I am mainly concerned with Australia and New Zealand but am interested to hear what people from other countries think as well).
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• Philippines
21 Dec 06
I think he'l be a good teacher since he has the passion for children. Just support him for what he really wants. if that's fulfilling to him then he will surely succeed
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• Australia
21 Dec 06
He has my complete support, that isn't a problem at all...it's just whether it is worth it for him to get the qualifications to teach. If he will never get hired at a kindergarten then there's no point getting the quals. I just wanted to see what people thought of the idea...
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@Adversa (408)
• Australia
21 Dec 06
I think most people would support the idea. maybee you shoud speak to the school in your community? see what they think.
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• Australia
21 Dec 06
Very good idea! I might do that - or get him to do that more likely! lol And I should get him started looking at what he needs to do to get the qualification too....I don't know what is required to be a kindy teacher.
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@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
21 Dec 06
what about the wiggles? Didnt they change the way we look at males who want to work with kids? I think he should go for it but perhaps work towards a dip ed in primary school teaching as there is a huge need for male teachers in our education system. Some little boys grow up without any male role models and he may be able to help them. In the education system men get promoted quicker than women so I would highly recommend he work with primary school kids rather than kindy kids.
@moneymind (10516)
• Philippines
21 Dec 06
personaly i do not think gender matters when it comes to kindy teachers. what i am concern of is the ability of the teacher to control his/her temper when dealing with bunch of children for we know that kids attitudes. greetings. : )
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@GardenGerty (146353)
• United States
21 Dec 06
I live in the US, and I work in education, seven years in preschool. I have no problem with men as early childhood educators, and the kids eat it up. A large number of them have no other opportunity to relate in a positive manner to a man.
@serenetee (380)
• Singapore
21 Dec 06
There is only 1 male teacher in my son's kindergarten and he gets more attention from the pupils than the female teachers. He's like a 'rose' among the 'thorns'. Everyone adores him. Some parents I know are concerned about the issue of outraging of modesty of very young girls by male teachers as they may require the teacher's assistance on toilet needs. But for most kindergartens here in Singapore, 2 teachers are allocated to a class. That should solve the problem.
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• Malaysia
21 Dec 06
I have no problem if a male kindergarten teacher teaches my kid. I am open about this matter and it never occurs to me that if a woman teaches kindy, she is absolutely better than a man. I don't believe in that. If your man wanted to be a kindy teacher, go ahead. It is a respectful occupation and nothing wrong about it.
@mansha (6298)
• India
21 Dec 06
I am from India and we do not have any such gendser bias regarding male kindy teachers. Infact in most small towns its males who are teaching kids. I personally find them easy to deal with probably they do not have additional pressure of taking care of family dinner afterwards. Wedo have a situationhere where woman still are not allowed to venture out to work this trend is changing in metros but in remote areas its still practiced as a norm.
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@ausnikki (4054)
• Brisbane, Australia
1 Jan 07
I think your partner should go for it!There is definately a shortage of teachers these days.I think gender is irrelevant.If this is what he wants to do all he needs is encouragement.Good for him for wanting to be a positive role model for the Kindy kids.I'm from New Zealand but now live in Australia,so I hope my comments help!
@polachicago (18719)
• United States
21 Dec 06
Let him do what he loves to do. Passion for work always pays back.
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@Adversa (408)
• Australia
21 Dec 06
Is there really a response like that these days from people? I really dont beleive that the gender of the teacher really matters, just the quality of what there teaching. Your partner should go for it. (Only thing bad would he would be depriving lots of little five year old boys there chance to have a crush on their first teacher. Mmmm - I still remember Ms Arman :D :P )
• Australia
21 Dec 06
That's really what I wanted to find out - I know there used to be...but I was wondering if people are a bit more accepting these days. Teachers are in short supply at the moment and they do accept males as kindergarted teachers but I was still wondering whether the work will be there? They may TRAIN them but will schools actually HIRE them? Ahhhhh but what about all those little five year old girls? lol
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@chertsy (3804)
• United States
21 Dec 06
I'm from America. It's hard to find a male teacher here in Tennessee for any class except for the highschools. I think it would be a nice change. Most classes here have more than one teacher to a room for learning purposes. At my daugther's old school, she talked about her P.E. teacher a lot. She thought he was cool. Teachers are a very important role in kids lives. They see them as much as they see there parents. My only problem would be is what do you get a man for chistmas. In most stores you see tons of gifts for the female teacher, but jack for the guy. That fear of something happening from grade k-6 doesn't really enter my mind. Here the most cases are middle and high school teachers doing things wrong with kids. I don't know if schools think men won't have as much patience with kids and the female teachers do. Only thing I would want from a kindy teacher is a teacher that has patience, makes learning fun. That's all I ask. Thats what I will be looking for come next August, when my youngest and last child starts school. Would be nice that she would have a teacher like your partner. My kindy teacher, I honestly think she didn't like kids. She was a good teacher, just didn't like us, lol. When you like your teacher, you look forward to going to school.
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@hsvgrl86 (194)
• Australia
21 Dec 06
well i know quite a few male kindergarten teachers who are male, and they do a great job and the kids love em, these days gender in a job doesn't really matter because women can be mechanics etc.
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@bryelee (452)
• United States
21 Dec 06
I think things have changed and I think it is acceptable for a man to be a kindergarden teacher. I live in the US.
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@jen20619 (1301)
• Ireland
21 Dec 06
are u from australia
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@scorpius (1792)
• India
21 Dec 06
i am from india and i had a male kindergarten teacher way back in 1979,in chennai,india.here it is perfectly allright to ahve a male kindergarten teacher.sometimes the tteacher is male sometimes female.either way the teacher in question should love working withthe kids.i would feel poerfectly okay with leaving m,y kids with a male kindergarten teacher provided he is okay!no probs here.
@michele609 (1687)
• United States
21 Dec 06
Well I am from the US and I think thay there is no problem with men being Kindergarden teachers.
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@Kaorin (757)
• Australia
21 Dec 06
I'm all for gender equality, and that doesn't just say that women should be able to be in stereotyped 'manly' jobs, but that men should be able to break through in stereotypically 'feminine' jobs. I am not a mother, but I personally would have no problems with my child going to a male-taught kindergarten, as long as they liked the teacher, and the teacher did a good job (which is what Iwould feel regardless of if the teacher was a male and female). I don't believe it is stigmatised that much anymore. Sure, he is going to face prejudiced people, just like a woman aspiring to be a motor mechanic would, but as long as he is passionate for what he loves, why the hell SHOULDN'T he aim for it? I'm from Australia, by the way.
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@lyloo14 (128)
• France
21 Dec 06
MMMM...I'm not from down under but from france. As far as I know, here it's not really a problem, allthough, most of the kindergarten teachers are women, men are really good accepted. It would more be the reverse problem, meaning that not many men want to be kindy teachers, they're much more present later at primary school. But, my own opinion would be that it's not important for my child to have a male or female teacher as long as the teacher knows how to handle children, loves them, cares about them and has patience enough to do this job. Being a woman is not a warranty to be a good teacher or to love the children. This job, particularly, needs to have a real vocation, and why should men not have it...
@jal1948 (1360)
• India
21 Dec 06
I am from India ,male kindy teachers should not pose a problem here,but even there, if your hubby really had a liking to teach then he should never have bothered about the stigma,or others opinion, but decide on his own what is best for him
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@jess_meow (229)
• United States
21 Dec 06
I'm in America, but I think it would be fine for him to teach kindergarten. However, I'm willing to bet he'll get some grief about working with little kids by older married couples, so tell him to be careful.
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