In response to Chris McGovern: Teaching needs more talented men, Groan wrote:
One observation I would make over the past decade. In the local school, in which my wife works and my three children were educated, there has been a marked increase in the number of part-time teachers on the staff. The result being a marked increase in "covering" classes by other teachers or teaching assistants. Which can't be good for the quality of education.
I don't know the data for schools but in most industries women are twice as likely to be "off sick" as men and of course are the vast majority of those with part time and "family friendly" hours. Thus one practical outcome of the diminishing proportion of male teachers is a fall in the consistency and quality of service. Quite apart from any "role model" issues.