Why Men Should Mentor and Teach | Business
The need for more qualified male teachers is a serious issue in school systems nationally. Public, private, parochial and in higher education the demand for male teachers is high, but the availability of male teachers is small. There are multiple reasons, for the decline of men in education, to many to mention in this Blog.
“My Quest To Teach” is about
my experiences and desire not only to teach,
but to mentor.
I encourage and support men to be educators
and mentors. It is not just a Black thing it is
a male thing, more males need to be involved.
Just as Mayor Alvin Brown and President
Obama mentor thousands of youth, they are
role models, mentors and inspirations.
I never could understand how a man can attend
games like football, basketball, but do not and
will not visit their child’s classroom. Men can
fill stadiums, clubs, bars and the Internet, but
can’t consistently visit schools to mentor.
There are too many young men and women
behind prison bars that do not have positive
role models, caring male adults that are serious
about the value and empowerment of education.
In my elementary school there are eight male teachers
in various roles and we all make a difference
in a school of over 700. Elementary school is
the foundation for educational success or can
be a struggle and frustration if kids are not
The First Teacher:
A child’s first teacher and mentor should be
their parents, but with children having parents
that are younger, many of these new parents lack
the maturity, knowledge and patience to raise
their children with critical skills that are important.
Young parents have not learned how to be mature
adults through their limited life experiences and
lack of role models themselves. Having a baby
does not make you an adult, a woman or a man,
having a baby at a young age makes you a baby
with a baby.
Mentors are Important:
Mentors teach how to interact with the world, the
difference between right and wrong, how to improve
life by making mature decisions, how to deal with
the struggles and challenges of growing up and the
value of life. Mentors teach why education and
choosing a career are important. Why exposure
to cultural, community and faith based activities
are important. Mentors teach why a person should
be involved in their communities to “give back.”
Mentors “pay it forward” with respect, discipline
and time well spent.
Students with mentors are less likely to:
Miss school, take drugs, use alcohol, fight with their
parents, have sex, feel alone, act out as bullies, less
likely to be involved in criminal behavior and drop
out of school. Those with mentors are also less likely
to be teen parents themselves.
Being a Teacher:
As a third generation teacher, teaching over 20
years in public education, mentor and parent.
I have learned being a teacher means sacrificing your
time to improve the lives of students. Taking the
role as an educator seriously and not just 8am to 3pm,
it is 24/7 365 career.
Being a male teacher means there is a greater
responsibility to be a positive force in the lives of
children that are Black, White, Asian, Latino,
Mexican and other nationalities and cultures.
Working not only in the classroom, but being
involved in the community you live in. Being a
teacher and male, means understanding that you
are held to a higher standard and community
expectations are high for a teacher’s appearance,
actions, contributions and behavior in public.
Teachers cannot afford to be “out there in the club
life” and not expect to be noticed. A school is not a
male teacher’s personal love buffet with other
teachers or parents. If you want to live this life
choose another career where children and young
adults are not watching and modeling this behavior.
Teachers Cannot Hide:
Mentoring is the best way to give back to the
community and extending reach as an educator,
community activist and role model. Teachers do
not have the luxury to hide in public, in church,
and around the community. They are seen by eyes
that are visible and hidden. Children those are seen
and unseen, who watch what you do, how you do it
and model your behavior.
Why I Mentor and Men Should Too:
I mentor to contribute to the positive growth
and development of youth. I mentor to give
back to my community in a productive way.
I mentor to see the sparkle in children’s eyes
as they realize they can accomplish great things
in their lives with a good education. I mentor
so children do not feel alone in the world, they
do have someone to talk to and connect with.
I mentor not for money or fame, but to lift
children up to a higher level that promotes success.
I mentor to prove that Black men are doing positive
things in their community and not trying to sleep
with every woman they know, or deal with drugs
and alcohol to get nasty highs or sloppy drunk. I
mentor to be a role model to other teachers, other
Black men and young professionals. I mentor because
single moms and grandmothers raising children
need to be able to trust someone to be
positive to their children. I mentor as a teacher
to show that teachers cannot choose who they
teach or choose who not to teach, but accept all
students as they are. I mentor because I’m
responsible and accountable for the children I teach.
I mentor because parents need a role model in teachers
who are concerned with the whole family. I teach
because a teacher saved my life and I want to “pay it
forward” and work to save other children.
I teach and mentor to give children a chance at success
and happiness as I was given. I mentor and teach
because it is needed now more than ever. There are
to many men who shout and yell about what they
can do, but still do nothing but play games.
Photo of Mayor Alvin Brown and Educator/
Mentor/Blogger William Jackson and the kids