No boys allowed: motherly bias against male teachers

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While the teaching profession struggles with a lack of male teachers, there are some who want to keep it that way. According to blog discussions cited by ABC News, many moms would prefer that men stay out of their young children?s classroom, especially if those men happen to be young and single.

For these pedagogical misandrists, there?s not too much to worry about. Men represent only a small fraction of all elementary teachers; according to the U.S. government, about 16 percent. When you include secondary teachers, men represent only about 25 percent of teachers nationwide. The percentage has remained virtually unchanged for the last 20 years.

Even Teach For America, which Business Week has acclaimed as the 11th place finisher in "2008 Best Places to Launch A Career," recruits only about 30 percent of its corps members from the male population, just 5 percent higher than the national average.