My son’s elementary school had 34 teachers. Only three of the teachers were male. Coincidently, I attended the very same elementary school some 40 years earlier and there were precisely three male teachers at that time as well. Two of them taught fifth grade and one taught fourth grade. By sheer coincidence(?) the same distribution still exists today. The gender breakdown among teachers at my son’s middle school is about 40/60 male/female, and looking at the list of teachers for his future high school, it appears that ratio is about 50/50.
Going back even further, I recall looking into various day care and preschool facilities and I don’t think we encountered a single male staff member at any of them.
Based on this observation, one might conclude males are ill-suited to instruct young children, but are better suited to teaching older children.
A couple questions:
is the gender divide described above fairly universal? Is the local school district, perhaps some aberration?
what factors might account for such a gender imbalance in these vocations?