Dec 31, 2012
Be prepared to wipe tears from your eyes and be inspired…
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Category: Amazing, Parenting, Relationships, Science & Nature
I believe that Mr. Wright will have a special place reserved for him in heaven.
Onions, onions everywhere
For sure. My kids are freaking out because I was crying so badly.
That is probably the best 12 minutes I’ve spent in awhile…
This is obviously a fantastic teacher.
Here’s my issue with this. And I’m not trying to be a Debbie Downer or draw away from how wonderful this teacher is.
I am a former teacher, I was raised by teachers, so I am intensely interested in both education and how teachers are portrayed in the media, so I’ve been keeping track of this for at least the last 25 years.
And my issue is that whenever there is a teacher profiled in the media as being wonderful, it is – my un-scientific speculation – 95% of the time a MALE teacher.
However, if only 24% of teachers in public schools in the US are male (some states, way less), then it goes to follow that the majority of outstanding, worthy-of-media-acclaim teachers are female. Yet, the majority of these touching media profiles are male.
I was an English teacher, not a mathematics teacher, but that’s way off.
(You may think I’m crazy or a riled up feminist, I am neither. Start keeping track yourself, you’ll see that I’m right.)
It is not only the media that is biased, this also extends to local accolades. I see a higher number of awards given to male teachers than female teachers by districts and even principals.
I have a couple of theories on this, because like I said I’ve been pondering it for years.
1 – When a man teaches, people tend subconsciously to think that he ‘lowered’ himself to do such low-paying women’s work so therefore we need to give him tons of ego strokes to express our undying gratitude
2 – Men are much, much better at tooting their own horns
3 – plain ole old fashioned sexism.
Like I said, keep your ears peeled for the wonderful teacher profiles, I guarantee you will see the bias.
Men. We’re just better. :)
or instead of creating theories you could let your own “facts” speak for themselves. Men are better teachers.
Did you ever notice that all those men are always winning the sports awards . . . I need to come up with some theories to explain this.
If that’s true, Explain to my why women are responsibly for bring up children? If men are better teachers why have women “traditionally” been tasked with their education and upbringing instead of men?
It has nothing to do with men being better teachers, it is because of the roles we place on males and females. Only males could work, so only males could be teachers and chefs, even though that was a woman’s “place” in the home. We are taught that knowledge coming from a man is automatically more credible, regardless of validity, than it is coming from a female. Young men especially are also taught that you are not supposed to question that knowledge from an older male, only challenge that of those from peers. Women are not supposed to question it at all.
These are, of course, changing with the times, but this was the way it used to be even 50 years ago, and is still that way in many minds across America.
I think you have a valid point here, whilst not taking away from the fact that the guy in the video has an amazing response to the circumstances he finds himself in.
I personally don’t know the reason for the disparity, and it is an interesting observation. However, there are so few good male role models for kids and students these days, so I don’t think it’s inappropriate when one is highlighted.
It’s not politically correct to say that there is a difference between men and women, but there is. So many youth are missing positive male role models, that it is a great thing to see the impact that this man has, not only to his own family, but to the community as a whole.
At the same time, that does not mean there aren’t women who have just as much impact, because I know they do. My wife is one of them. As a 2nd grade teacher, she takes the difficult students because she knows how to work with them, and how to communicate effectively with their parents. Kids aren’t labeled in her classroom, but are challenged to rise their ability, not a perception others have had about them, and I believe that is a mark of a great teacher. We need more of them, male and female.
I find your comments disappointing as they are aimed at detracting from the teachers achievements. You have no reference for your statistics, do you often guess at population distributions?
This teacher is breathing life into the school and the students. He should be celebrated.
I have known fantastic teachers both male and female. Awards given to both genders. The criteria being how they impact the community through their subject and department.
You should go back to teaching and develop the department you work in and get students to be as excited to be in your class as they are to be in the teacher in the video.
To be blunt you sound like you are sexist and trying to “poison the well” of this teachers success with his class.
Missy? Did you even watch this? I am sorry for whatever led to your respons, but come on.
very cool video!
i used to live just a few minutes from male high school… i’ll have to ask some of my wife’s family if they ever had him!
Absolutely fascinating video. Such a pleasant break from preparing taxes, missing home, and just overall tiredness. Always amazes me how an empathetic connection can revitalize us, and he displays this very well when delivering the story to the children. It’s great seeing great folks at work. Made my night.
I wish I had a teacher like this growing up. Honestly, though, in respect to teachers getting attention, it was always the males that actually impacted me positively growing up. I had a shitty home life, a shitty school life, and I actually have PTSD from the bullying I endured throughout school. (“Only words” have a bigger impact than people realize and I’m proof). I had teachers that made my life hell, and they were female. My third grade teacher even dragged me up in front of the class and told everyone to make fun of me when I cried.
It wasn’t until my first male teacher in fifth grade that anyone actually bothered to try to find out why I was different from anyone else. I don’t remember much about him, but my mother says she can never thank him enough. I know that’s when I started a lot of therapy and medication that actually made things easier on me. Even in high school, my best, most engaging teachers were the males. I know this isn’t representative of all teachers everywhere, but I think more often, the male teachers are more ‘nerdy’. They’re passionate about what they do.
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