For many years the issue of gender equity has been used by nations in order to allow women and members of minority groups to gain access to higher education. Several Swedish universities decided they wanted to ensure there were both men and women in their programs in order to prevent an occupation from becoming too gender one-sided. Years ago, I created a special education program which focused on black males becoming elementary school teachers in order to allow black and white children to have contact with black males during the early years of schooling. A Swedish court awarded a group of women who applied for the psychology program at Lund University financial damages for being denied entrance due to boys being accepted in order to prevent the occupation becoming “too female.”
There is scant doubt in the US that elementary children do not encounter males as part of their experiences with teachers. Are there times when the need arises to discriminate in favor of males?