In 2001 I was fresh out of high school and enjoying a gap year. The main focus of the gap year was to work in the family business as a “Computer Machine Embroidery Operator”. During that year I had fanciful dreams of growing the embroidery arm of the Angus Clyne Pty Ltd family business empire but I also did other things including coaching year 3/4 and year 8 basketball at Scotch College, and also working as an after school care aid in the Scotch college junior school.
Teaching/coaching/caring for these young kids was a great pleasure. As a young man I was considered a rarity. The school system over a decade ago was crying out for male teachers and I thought more than once about going into this profession. My parents were supportive, they both thought I had the right temperament. However, for whatever reason the calling never really grabbed me and shook me enough to convince me that I should be a teacher.
As I look at the sex-scandle laden public school system, I notice that it is male teachers/support workers who are the offenders in all situations I have read about.
We need good male role models in our education system. Whilst I think it is entirely appropriate for the media to highlight the atrocious crimes and damage being done by these males in the school system, I ask that they give pause to think about a way of ensuring that they highlight the need for men to be in the education system.
Unley has some great male teachers and some wonderful young men who would make great educators. These people need to be supported and encouraged for the good of society.