Lack of teachers: more men in education, a possible solution?

By 2020, 25% of Ontario College of Teachers members were men, according to official statistics.

For years, men have made up about a quarter of the members of the Ontario College of Teachers.

Photo: Ontario College of Teachers

Égide Royer, a psychologist and academic success specialist, thinks that these figures are even lower in early childhood education.

For Mr. Royer, an increase in the number of male teachers requires better academic success among boys. However, according to him, the current climate does not lend itself to the creation of programs aimed at men.

Having interventions that promote boys ’success or having interventions that increase men’s participation as teachers is not currently radioactive, but it is not far off.explain.

For Normand Bourque, a teacher at Saint-Edmond Primary School in Windsor for almost 35 years, the choice to pursue a teaching career is often related to personality traits.

But Guy Talla, a Scarborough professor, says very practical realities, such as the opportunity to work in his community, can push men to choose teaching.

A matter of models

Mr. Royer believes the gap between men and women will widen if no action is taken to overcome this difficulty. Suggest the creation of a program in this direction.

Imagine teachers who are currently in high school going for a walk in elementary school or even listening to high school in the eleventh and tenth grade.suggests.

We admit that this is associated with a scholarship program, this is associated with a form of mentoring to accompany the young person at the university level, we will see a change. »

A quote from Égide Royer, psychologist and academic success specialist

For Mr. Royer, no matter how much we think about promoting role models and creating programs that help girls want to become administrators or scientists, we should also think about creating programs that encourage young men to go to programs that are not currently. inclined to go.

Mr. Royer says it has traditionally been considered that there is something maternal in women that makes them more likely than men to work in schools, especially in nursery and primary school.

Égide Royer, Professor of the Faculty of Education, Department of Teaching and Learning Studies, Université Laval

Aegis Royer wants a change of perspective.

Photo: Radio-Canada

He notes, however, that there have been social changes over the years that now make men take care of their children, take paternity leave, proof that things can change, he says. He thinks that young men simply need role models to ignite a passion for teaching in them.

: \”Oh mon dieu, c’est ça que je voudrais faire plus tard\”. On n’en voit pas tant que ça”,”text”:”Je peux très bien moi comme étudiant, comme élève au primaire n’avoir rencontré que très peu d’hommes. J’ai très peu de modèles pour dire: \”Oh mon dieu, c’est ça que je voudrais faire plus tard\”. On n’en voit pas tant que ça”}}”>I can do very well as a student, as a primary school student, having met very few men. I have very few role models to say, “My God, that’s what I want to do next.” We don’t see it muchexplain.

Mr. Bourque agrees. During his long career, he has seen very few male teachers, he says.

[enseignants] on devait être à peu près trois hommes, quatre hommes, incluant le directeur”,”text”:”J’ai été longtemps le seul homme. […] J’ai débuté ma carrière, sur un personnel de 20[enseignants] on devait être à peu près trois hommes, quatre hommes, incluant le directeur”}}”>For a long time I was the only man. […] I started my career with a staff of 20 people [enseignants] there must have been about three men, four men, including the directorexplain.

At one point I don’t remember what years it was, maybe in the 90’s I was alone for a few years and then it was one or two, and it was always more or less like that. »

A quote from Normand Bourque, professor

Mr. Bourque states that there is, in his personality, an aspect related to the affective that puts him in the best disposition to attend to young students.

I am firmly convinced that the affective precedes the cognitive. Therefore, we are really in this phase of developing relationships with our students that are healthy and based on respect for others, and that is not necessarily a trend subject to men.explain.

Pragmatism

For Guy Talla, a primary school teacher in Scarborough, the reason there are few men teaching at the elementary level, in particular, is because society sees professions such as teaching, health as more dedicated to womenexplain.

He says there are about eight men in the school where he works from a teaching staff of about 30 people.

Originally from Cameroon, he explains that teaching is not his first choice. For two years he tried to get a job as an engineer, having studied in the field in Quebec when he arrived in Canada.

Guy Carves in front of a door.

Guy Talla teaches French at an English school board in the Toronto area.

Photo: courtesy of Guy Talla

He explains that working in high school attracts him more than elementary school.

Of course, I would feel more comfortable in high school. High school is a bit of a specialty. Either you just teach math or you teach science or you teach historyhe says.

While in elementary school, when you take a class in elementary school, you touch a little bit of everything. […] So I would feel more comfortable in high school. »

A quote from Guy Talla, professor

Although he says he loves his job, he admits that it is a very practical fact that explains why he has not yet obtained the necessary qualifications to become a teacher in an institute.

In a city like Toronto, there are several parameters to look for. The place you choose to reside is a parameter. If there is also a high school in the area, there are opportunities in that center. There are more people at the elementary level because the demand is higher thereexplain.

According to Mr. Hey, the demand for teachers is not as strong in high school as it is in elementary school.

And for Mr. Bourque, regardless of the sex of the teacher, the most important thing is that those who enter the profession understand that it is a demanding profession.

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