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This occured to me when reading a couple of USAF's posts in the "family friendly homosexuality" thread. So I refer all complaints to him.
Based on people's past experiences, how was the gender division in their teachers? The point that USAF had raised was that in elementary school, almost all the teachers are female, and that reverses in high school/college.
Both of my children (currently in kindegarten/third grade) have only had female teachers. Aside from the principal, I cannot think of a single male faculty member at their school; all the administrative staff, nurse, lunch room staff, librarians, even the bus drivers have all been women. There are a few male teachers, but I don't know what grades they teach.
When I was in elementary, two of my eight teachers were male (second grade, and one of the three fifth grade teachers), though the principal was always a guy. The ratio was similar for junior high, maybe slightly higher for men; the only male teachers I can remember were for Geography, science and math.
At my high school, I remember the faculty being quite evenly divided by gender. But looking back at it, they were semi-segregated by topic - the men taught most of the sciences and maths*
, most of the computing and business courses*
The "liberal arts" teachers were mostly female for English, History, US Government, Spanish, etc.*
This trend continued into college, as well, though I recall the community college I attending having far more female instructors than male.
So, what have been people's experiences with this gender divide in education? What do people think some of the causes are?
edited 14th Dec '11 11:16:23 AM by BlueNinja0