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Education & Tech, was created to build hope that education based on social technologies, can transform the new century, and enable abundance not only spiritually but economically. Milton Ramirez, Ed.D. - @tonnet is the founder & editor. He is a teacher, tech blogger, writes on education, and hails this blog from Union, NJ. For further questions, tips or concerns please e-mail him to:miltonramirez [at] educationandtech [dot] com

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If you are a regular to Blog Education & Tech, you shall remember that I am a blogger and I'd written a post about education almost everyday since 2003. Education & Tech provides you with education news, expert tech advice, classroom management ideas, and social media tools for educators, administrators, parents and k-12 students.

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When Education Turns to Be a Battle on the Sex Differences

It has been a productive morning for us and we really had a head start. While tweeting our stuff, it came into our time line a suggestion to read @MCiscart's article. Interesting since Mathew is a new teacher and what I love from a new entry educator is that any one of them fight commodity and establishment.

After reading the article, which I greatly recommend, I've spotted these two questions:

    Do you think there’s something wrong with a guy changing a diaper at home and or in a classroom environment? If so, why?

    Would you be okay if your wonderful daughter walked around for an hour before someone changed her potty soiled diaper, all because the male teacher was the only one around and waited for a female, for fear of being seen as some sort of deviant?

I am going to talk as a parent in the first place and as an educator after. I have a daughter, 22 years now, and when she was little, I was the one who loved to change diapers ( not only those Huggies you know, but the cotton hand made by my wife, too). I even wash them up.

Now, I am not working with toddlers and I have never done that. But I guess I would feel a bit hesitant to let my daughter to be changed her diapers by an unknown, to the family. However, as we are used to in this country, kids are under care of baby sitters most of time so, having my daughter taken care by a professional would be ok.

I have to accept that most of our teachers are female, but I don't think it is only a sex motive, there is money. We are still under the disbelief that education is a career poorly paid and there are other places where men can do better. If it was sexist, then why a parent or even a female teacher has not concerns when a male son is being raised or educated by a woman?

I would not tolerate my little one walks dirty around the corridors just because a well trained male professional can't attend her. Certainly that we heard the news of some teachers involved in sexual incidents, but that's an insignificant percentage. We need to trust our educators, as we trust our babysitter, or a neighbor or any relative looking after our kids.

As for Matthew Ciscart, don't give up. You are just in the beginning of this beautiful but so full of disappointments career, called education.

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  1. Matt said...
     

    I must say thanks first and foremost, with in no time not only have you read my post, but you've shared your thoughts in a post of your own. And yes, with early education it seems that is isn't thought of as education. It seems in fact to be seen and more of a child care/ babysitting service. I always inform my parents that while our children always seem to be playing, they are in fact Learning in the process. I'm also not blinded that I am part of a VERY, VERY small percentage of the men working in a female dominated field working as an Early Educator in the classroom. As for the pay I guess the thought is the smaller the children the small the check, that in itself doesn't even to compute, that's a topic for a separate post, on what really happens in the first three years of life. But once again I'd like to say thanks.

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