Title: Odd Man Out
Source: Hill, D. (1996). Odd man out. Teacher Magazine, 8(1), 33.
Key Points: Hill mentions that a lack of male educators has not always been the case. Prior to the Civil War, it was a regular occurrence seeing men teaching in the classrooms. Hill examines the teaching experiences of a tenured male elementary school teacher. Without parents knowing the male teacher Hill interviewed, this male teacher faced situations where parents wanted their child out of his classroom, assumed him gay, assumed him a pedophile, watched him with a close eye, and expected him to fail.
Intended Audience: Everyone. People need to be aware of how judgements and preconceived notions are harmful to everyone.
Relevance: Education needs to be a world for everyone regardless of gender. It is important students understand teachers are there because they are qualified and desire to educate the youth of today. Our communities must be open to any human that earns their right to be a teacher and see them for who they are and not who other portray them to be. I hope that no women and men in our cohorts run into situations where their job and performance is judged purely based on their gender.