Male teachers are a minority in Australian schools

Years ago, male teachers made up the majority of teaching staff in Australian Primary schools — these days, women have the lion’s share of the roles, with men in decline since the 1980s.

Nic spoke with Dr Vaughan Cruikshank from University of Tasmania on why the shift has happened and what we can do to balance the difference out.

According to Dr Cruikshank, some of the problems facing male teachers face stem from the systemic issues associated the the traditional definitions of gender roles in Australian society, manifesting as isolation in the teachers departments, being given more of a workload like acting as a sports coach or even being judged for comforting a distressed child.

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