... to teach in primary schools. The Training and Development Agency for Schools is launching a major push to increase the number of male teachers, particularly in primary schools according to this report. For the first time in 100 years, there's been an increase recently in the number of enquiries from men about teaching, the number of men applying to teaching courses and the number of men being accepted onto them. "Whenever I talk about the need to get more men into primaries, the unions say I'm being anti-women, but it's not that," said Graham Holley, chief executive of the TDAS. "Everyone is trained to handle boys and girls in the classroom and it [the gender mix of staff] does not affect attainment. But education is about more than just academic achievement; it is about preparation for adulthood, and there is a need for a mix of role models in primary classrooms." According to one survey, girls in primary schools aren't bothered about whether they are taught by men or women but the boys are. And as I've blogged about before, parents are keen to have more men teaching their children.
Why aren't churches talking about this issue? It seems a great opportunity for Christian men to contribute to the education and development of the next generation.