Male Preschool Teachers: The Realities of Acceptance

Milgram, Joel I.; Sciarra, Dorothy June
March 1974
Education Digest;Mar1974, Vol. 39 Issue 7, p56
The article focuses on the problem of unavailability of male preschool teachers. Male nursery school teachers are the most sought after species and the search is getting intensified everyday. However, still they form a rare commodity, but they are slowly entering the traditionally female dominated world of preschool education. Through interviews with a small number of men teachers, however, researchers have learned that acceptance of a male teacher into the preschool is only an intellectual acceptance, and is devoid, in many cases, of sincerity, understanding, and friendliness. It adds up to a form of discrimination that will initially dilute the strength of the staff, and may ultimately retard, if not stop completely, the entrance of men into the day-care field. They may experience some difficulties while attempting to perform their jobs. For example, if there is a male preschool teacher in a school, he is probably the first one the school has ever had. He may find the perception of his talents by his female colleagues different from his own.


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