Western Leader : February 17th 2012
www.aucklandnow.co.nz Friday, February 17, 2012 Twins take same road Double delight: Twins Josef and John Park and Ethan and Jacob Aloiai are all studying for a bachelor of teaching at Laidlaw College. Photo: NICOLA MURPHY By NICOLA MURPHY HOW MALE TEACHERS STACK UP Figures from the 2006 census show there were 3942 male primary school teachers compared with 23,433 females in New Zealand, a proportion of 14 percent. That compares to 16 percent for the 1996 census, which show 3918 male teachers and 20,031 females. The proportion of male primary school teaching graduates from Auckland University has stayed steady over the past four years. Fifteen percent of new teachers graduating in 2008 were male and in 2011 it was 16 percent. Go to www.western leader.co.nz and click on latest edition to hear the Aloiai twins speak about their career choice. IDENTICAL twins Josef and John Park are different in many ways but like-minded when it comes to their future careers. The Parks are one of two sets of twins who started studying for a bachelor of teaching (primary) at Henderson's Laidlaw College this week. The 19-year-old Te Atatu brothers hit it off with fellow identical twins Jacob and Ethan Aloiai of Glen Eden on day one. Copycat moves may seem typical of twins but the men all say their career choices were coincidental. Jacob's move to study as a primary school teacher was recommended by a teacher at Kelston Boys High School. I'd always enjoyed being a leader to the younger chil- dren on camps too,'' he says. Brother Ethan chose teach- ing over the police service because he thought it would be a fun and rewarding career. I'm not fussed about the money and it's something I can fall back on at any time,'' he says. The 18-year-old Aloiai twins chose Laidlaw College because members of their church spoke highly of the course. The Parks chose it because their parents are former students. Teaching is a job you never get sick of because you're always getting new kids passing through,'' John says. And young kids are more keen to learn.'' His brother Josef made the switch to primary school teaching after studying com- puting at Unitec for a year. The four aspiring teachers are part of an increasing number of men who have signed up for Laidlaw College's primary school teaching course since 2009, when seven of the 24 under- graduate students were male. Twelve out of the latest first year students are men. School of education head Dianne Scouller is pleased the number of males on the course averages about 40 percent. But this is the first time the college has ever had two sets of male twins. We think it's fantastic. There's something very sweet about twins and it's just so unusual to have two male sets on the one course.'' She can't explain the increase in male students but plans to look into it during a research sabbatical later this year. Dr Scouller believes men have become rare in primary school teaching because of society's attitude to them being around children. I think we're starting to go back to the idea that young people need a father as well as a mother,'' she says. They just have a different approach to teaching. They build relationships and com- municate in a different way to women teachers.'' She says male teachers are sought after in schools because it's important for children to have role models of both genders.
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