About three years ago, just as my older daughter discovered riddles I came across a new one for me in a news article. This riddle was more striking than any others I had seen in the past and I thought I would run it by her. She solved the riddle immediately without hesitation! Me, it took a minute.Continue reading “Drawing a Scientist – Representation can Disrupt Stereotypes”
Until my oldest daughter was three, I was regularly reminded of the social messages her clothing communicated—many things that words did not. Explaining our choices of garments was a waste of breath. The clothes my daughter wore were a medium for expressing hers and our beliefs and values around gender identity to adults and children.Continue reading “Clothing, Communication and (Children’s) Gender Identity”
It began early this summer during a camping trip. Catalyzed by a fleeting thought that crossed my mind while participating in a park ranger-led activity. The thought unfolded into a summer side project investigating the presence of men as educators outside of classrooms and ultimately, this blog post.Continue reading “Where Are All the Men in Education”
Continue reading “Why Educators Need to Talk About Gender”
Nearly all professionals in preschool through fifth grade are statistically identified as a woman. This information alone has set the stage and tone for many conversations regarding gender in the profession. That said, like everything else related to identity, gender in the profession of education is complex.
Continue reading “How Patriarchy Has a Grip on Early Childhood Care and Education”
As a teacher, father, and advocate, early childhood care and education has been central to who I am since 2003. Over the years, a handful of experiences have helped me understand what it truly means to be a man in the lives of young children. Some have been funny, others worth a casual nod. But far too many have been disconcerting. They lead me to feel like men don’t belong in early childhood care education (ECCE).