Male Teachers Missing from Schools

3-24-05 - More and more women are going to the head of the class, leaving men behind. The National Education Agency reports a 40 year low in the number of men becoming teachers.

Colleges, historically, have had a difficult time recruiting men into education programs because of the dated notion that teaching is women’s work.

However, many men say its pay, not prejudice that keeps them from teaching.

"It doesn't go hand in hand for the main breadwinner of the family. It took me ten years to get back to the salary level that I had in property management and that disparity is what drives people and keeps males from the profession," said Philip Berthold, a history teacher at Piner Middle School in Sherman.

Local male teachers say a passion for the community and children drives them to educate, despite low pay. Teachers like Berthold left the business world to teach.

“I would say that 99% of all teachers are here to help the children, to help them learn. It is a calling.”

Men make up just nine percent of teachers in elementary schools and 31% of secondary school teachers are males.

Out of the three million teachers in the country, only 21% of them are men.