Professor Thomas Dee, associate professor of economics at Swarthmore College and visiting scholar at Stanford University, examined test scores as well as self-reported perceptions by teachers and students based on a national survey of nearly 25,000 eighth-graders. He found that having a female teacher rather than a male teacher raised the achievement of girls and lowered that of boys in science, social studies and English.
According to McPaper, Dee's research "faces a fight for acceptance." "The data, as he presents them, are far from convincing," said Marcia Greenberger, co-president of the National Women's Law Center. Meanwhile, the head honcho in charge of ignorance coordination over at the NEA said there are all sorts of things that might influence the academic achievement of students. "Students benefit by having exposure to teachers who look like them, who can identify with their culture ... but this is just one variable among many," said Reg Weaver, president of the National Education Association.
Well, you wouldn't expect common sense to become conventional wisdom in the teacher's lounge, would you? Perhaps if a Bible were allowed within 100 yards of a schoolyard, someone might have stumbled across Titus 2 and realized the Biblical pattern for teaching involves older men teaching younger men and older women teaching younger women. Just a thought.