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JohnM

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I may be way off the mark here but in the current era, men who show a genuine interest in working with young children seem to viewed as odd for it.

On another point, I am a secondary school French teacher and the same is true here. A lot of boys only respond to a bit of 'male dominance' as my old Deputy Head called it. That's not to say most of the staff can deal with them. Indeed some of the women I work with can show me a thing or two!

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I may be way off the mark here but in the current era, men who show a genuine interest in working with young children seem to viewed as odd for it.

On another point, I am a secondary school French teacher and the same is true here. A lot of boys only respond to a bit of 'male dominance' as my old Deputy Head called it. That's not to say most of the staff can deal with them. Indeed some of the women I work with can show me a thing or two!

 

This happens even in Primary level. It is surprising that quite a lot of boys, even generally well behaved boys will be extremely disrespectful to female teachers. It's probably more of a reflection of society tbh. 

 

I never felt my decision to become a teacher resulted in anybody thinking I was odd for doing it. I suppose it depends on who you are, most people seemed to think it suited me. I'm hardly the blokiest guy you'll ever meet. 

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The damn Gove person again: Guardian article 

 

As a teacher, I think he has a point and I think there is a wider point. 

 

I did a PGCE after having worked in the real world for the majority of my 20's. I find that PGCE students tend to be more appreciative of the benefits of teaching: the holidays, the positivity, the variety, the fun etc I've known many teachers that went through school. college and university before going straight into a teaching job and as a result I've seen some moan about things like holidays, for instance the idea of only having a 4 week summer holiday seeming like an absolute travesty. 

 

As I said at the time, they should try having 4 weeks off a year, when you employer will let you have it, and then moan about a 4 week summer holiday. 

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