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I relate to the concern
about incidental/ accidental contact
But for me it's on
I recall the last time I
caught the bus a woman leaned into my knee as she touched her myki
I moved my knee
straightaway but felt concerned whether she realised she leaned into me.
I am in fact NOT a
I know that people are
rightly concerned about actual instances of inappropriate touching/ assault/
untoward remarks/ but the over zealous approach to these issues and fear of
being misperceived has scared many men shitless
#strangerdanger #hypervigilance Pete Dowe
Primary schools are losing more and more male teachers, so how can we retain them?
Course Co-ordinator – Health and Physical Education, Maths/Science, Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania
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The percentage of male primary school teachers in Australia has decreased in recent decades, from 30.24% in 1983 to 18.26% in 2016. Education authorities have responded to this with recruitment-focused initiatives, such as scholarships and quota systems.
But the continuing decline suggests more attention needs to be given to retaining those already in the profession.
My PhD research has found the biggest challenges male primary school teachers face are:
uncertainty about physical contact with students;
an increased workload due to expectations to take on masculine roles; and
social isolation caused by difficulties in developing positive professional relationships with colleagues.
If male primary teachers have more effective coping strategies they might be able to deal better with these challenges, and consequently persist in the profession.
What are some coping strategies?
Participants in this study detailed several coping strategies and supports that enabled them to deal with these challenges and persist with teaching.
Some men described how they dealt with their fear and uncertainty about physical contact by employing a strict no-contact policy for their own self-protection. They used humour and playing sport with students at break times to build relationships with their students in ways that did not involve the physical contact strategies that their female colleagues used.
Other strategies they described included:
setting up their classrooms to minimise incidental physical contact;
never being one-on-one with students; and
moving to a public location to talk with students.
Many indicated they were happy to give an upset child a hug. However, they were fearful of other people perceiving the contact as inappropriate and making a career-ending accusation.
Those men who were prepared to make the same physical contact as their female colleagues were generally older, more experienced and had worked in their schools for many years. This had allowed them to develop trust and rapport within their school community.
Several participants discussed the gendered double standards on physical contact. They noted the media sensationalising of inappropriate behaviour by male teachers, with much less attention when accusations were later proved false.
Teaching has intensified
Although the substantial intensification of workload in recent decades has affected all teachers, previous research has noted that male primary school teachers report higher workloads than their female colleagues. This is because of expectations to perform roles such as behaviour management, manual labour, sports coaching, and being responsible for subjects such as science and ICT.
Participants reported they were expected to perform these roles, and seemed to have accepted this as a part of their job.
Men primarily employed strategies such as arriving early at school and recycling lessons from previous years to use their time more effectively, and cope when additional behaviour issues arose. They also sought help from other men working at the school, such as the groundsman to help with manual labour.
Many said strong support from their principal was a vital component of their ability to cope with this challenge.
Participants said they generally got on well with their female colleagues. But they felt socially isolated because they did not have many colleagues, particularly male ones, with common interests. This isolation was particularly evident in the staff room at break times.
Men coped with this challenge by using strategies such as being proactive in identifying common interests for conversation topics, developing positive professional relationships with trusted female colleagues they could rely on for support, and pursuing out-of-school hobbies such as clubs and sport. There they could interact with more men and “balance” their female-dominated work environment.
Men also described self-isolating behaviours such as reading the paper and going back to their office to do work.
Several themes emerged as participants described their strategies for dealing with these gender-related challenges. These included the influence of traditional constructions of how men should and shouldn’t act, schools perpetuating these societal constructions, and the importance of having strong support from colleagues and school leaders.
These factors all need to be considered if more men are to be retained in teaching.
The father of a teenager who killed himself after his girlfriend encouraged him in dozens of text messages, has cried during her sentencing, accusing the young woman of "exploiting" his son's weaknesses.
VIDEOMichelle Carter has been jailed for 15 months for involuntary manslaughter of Conrad Roy III.
Michelle Carter, who encouraged her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself in dozens of text messages and told him to "get back in" a truck filled with toxic gas, has been sentenced to 15 months in jail for involuntary manslaughter.
The Massachusetts woman was convicted in June by a judge who said her final instruction to Conrad Roy III caused his death.
Carter was 17 when the 18-year-old Roy was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in July 2014.
Juvenile Court judge Lawrence Moniz on Thursday gave Carter a two-and-a-half-year jail sentence but said she had to serve only 15 months of that. He also sentenced her to five years of probation.
The victim's father Conrad Roy Jr wept while reading his statement in court.
"We all felt he was heading in the right direction and over the worst of it," he said of his son's depression.
"He had such a bright future and Michelle Carter exploited my son's weaknesses.
"She used him as a pawn and she has not shown any remorse. Where was her humanity? How he could she behave so viciously?"
Carter's lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, asked the judge to spare his client any jail time and instead give her five years of probation and require her to receive mental health counselling.
He said Carter was struggling with mental health issues of her own - bulimia, anorexia and depression - during the time she urged Roy to kill himself.
Prosecutor Maryclare Flynn sought the maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars.
VIDEO"I'd be happy if I never heard her name or saw her face ever again," Conrad Roy's aunt Kim Bozzi told ABC News.
In dozens of text messages, Carter had urged Roy to follow through on his talk of taking his own life. "The time is right and you are ready... just do it babe," Carter wrote in a text the day he killed himself.
The sensational trial was closely watched on social media, in part because of the insistent tone of Carter's text messages.
"You can't think about it. You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like I don't get why you aren't," Carter wrote in one text.
Assistant District Attorney Maryclare Flynn told the court "Michelle Carter - her actions - killed Conrad Roy. She ended his life to better her own. She has been convicted of a very serious crime that merits serious punishment."
In convicting Carter, the judge focused his ruling on Carter telling Roy to "get back in" after he climbed out of his truck as it was filling with carbon monoxide and told her he was afraid.
The judge said those words constituted "wanton and reckless conduct" under the manslaughter statute.
Carter and Roy met in Florida in 2012 while both were on vacation with their families. After that, they only met in person a handful of times. Their relationship consisted mainly of texting.