April 9, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Just this past week I commented on an article by Terry Brennan in The Daily Caller. As usual, Brennan’s piece was well thought-out and fact-based. I quibbled with the notion that a “male role model” is a substitute for a father, but agreed that, in the absence of a father, a child needs some male figure in his/her life and, well, something’s better than nothing.
But I also pointed out that schools may not be a reliable source of those male role models. That’s because, among other things, over 80% of primary school teachers are women and there appear to be fewer and fewer men stepping into those positions. Part of that is explained by the fact that teaching children can be, for a man, a dangerous career choice. I pointed out that, in Canada, some 19% of male primary school teachers report having been the target of false child abuse charges. No one in his right mind wants to have that sign hung on his back.