Yes for now its fake news. But will it be a headline of the future? It was interesting to hear recently on ABC radio's Law Report, that the number of female solicitors has out numbered male solicitors in 2016 for the first time.
That came days after a report in the Sydney Morning Herald that the number of female GP's also now outnumbers the number of male GP's. As someone supportive of gender equity I am glad to hear this. There are more women in the population so it seems reasonably that they could fill more solicitor positions. Of course the job is not finished. Solicitor is a relatively junior role in the legal profession, and women are certainly arguing that there is a lot more work to be done in the more senior positions.
The number of male primary school teachers is very low - around 20%. In an article in the SMH from 2015 one man found himself in a minority of 12% when he took up primary school teaching later in his life. According to the same article, the Australian Catholic University's Professor Tania Aspland found in her studies that the numbers of male primary teachers were going down not up, from around 25% in 1991.
This issue though is not just about some balance in future work opportunities for men whose numbers are being challenged in other workplaces. This issue goes to the heart of good education for our children and young people, particularly boys. Other headlines seen too often in our media relate to boys being in trouble and unacceptable risk taking behaviour. Boys need good male mentors and role models, and school has an essential role to play in providing those role models. Apart from anything else, if boys don't see male teachers, its less likely they will see themselves as a male teacher.
The Conversation ran an article in 2016 talking about the need to change our approach to recruitment of teachers to encourage more men into the roles.
As a conversation it seems that increasing male teachers is barely on the agenda relative to increasing women's work opportunities. A brief Google search showed the following:
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