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EVasso (EVasso)
Thu, 26 Mar 1998 16:21:59 EST

In a message dated 98-03-26 15:49:55 EST, you write:

<< How many people out there are Male teachers?

It seems male Art teachers are primarily in Colleges. Are the majority
of grade school,middle school,high school teachers- woman?If so do they
work and relate better with children ,is it a choice or can they not
advance? Just curious. I am speaking of Art Teachers primarily.

In conclusion I don't have any ill feelings towards men.(I'm even
married to one). Just curious. >>

I'm a male (I guess I prefer lower case) elementary art teacher, and I'm
amused that you might think someone, male for female, teaches K-6 because
they "couldn't advance." However, the issue of gender bias is real and
requires conciousness if it is to be addressed in a productive way. In what
ways? One area is addressed by the recent thread: bias in how young girls are
encouraged, praised and their work honored. Also, in the atmosphere and
climate in the art room. Young boys and young girls generally behave
differently, particularly when they are in each other's company. Who gets
attention in a loosely structured environment such as the art room? It is a
question within the overt curriculum: what gender artists are used as
resources and models. Of course the school itself imposes on my artroom with
regard to this issue: In my district (and probably yours), the educational
leadership is disproportionately male: Principals, district superindentents
and assistent superintendents. And I have to say that I am always somewhat
awkward in my response to the comment, "Oh, how wonderful, a male elementary
school teacher. Its good to have a male role model for the students." As if
there is one kind of male that students should model themselves after.