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Women Make Better Teachers Than Men: Do You Agree?

I do not agree with the above statement. It is unfair to both sexes to make a sweeping statement like that. I have had good women teachers as well as good men teachers. I also have had bed women teachers and bad men teachers..Generally I can say that women teachers are gentler in their approach to teaching.

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“Women Make Better Teachers Than Men.” Do You Agree?

I do not agree with the above statement. It is unfair to both sexes to make a sweeping statement like that. I have had good women teachers as well as good men teachers. I also have had bed women teachers and bad men teachers.

Generally I can say that women teachers are gentler in their approach to teaching. They, being the so-called fairer sex, usually try very hard to make their lessons interesting. Sometimes they succeed and sometimes they don’t.

A class of thirty odd young children is not easy thing to handle by any means. Occasionally there are classes or two that are more difficult to handle than others. I happened to be in one of these classes. Though we meant no malice towards any teacher, I remember making our women mathematics teacher cry because we did not follow what she was teaching. She did her best, but looking back I could see that she was too soft with us. That made us fools around a bit thus disrupting the class.

‘Pin-Drop Silence’

She was replaced by a hefty six-foot muscle-man. The very sight of this no-nonsense Hercules made us pay attention in class. One could say there was the proverbial ‘pin-drop silence’ whenever he was in class. Did we learn anything from him? Well, we all did very well in mathematics. We had to. It was better than being targets for him to exercise his muscles on.

Then there was this woman who taught us English. She exudes an air of strictness that would put an army sergeant to shame. We could not fool around with her. She had a way with words that would make anyone feel small. Her command of the English language was astonishing. To argue with her was to get a barrage of words that we had to reply for. So to avoid being stung by this waspish lady we usually did as told. Though we did not like her words I must admit we learned a great deal from her. If it had been for her I doubt if I could write as well as I am doing now.

Strong and Weak Points

I have been taught by many other teachers. They all have their own abilities and approaches to teaching. Some of them are definitely uninterested in teaching, especially some older ones of both sexes. Perhaps they were fed up with teaching the same thing year after year. So they make lousy teachers. But for those who tried their best, which most of them did, I realize that I cannot judge them. Whether they are men or women each have their own strong and weak points. Each was good is his or her way. Sex does not determine how good a person is as a teacher.

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  1. Unofre Pili

    On May 26, 2009 at 7:46 am

    I can’t agree, too. But one thing for sure in my opinion, female teachers are quick at checking and returning exam papers.

  2. Daisy Peasblossom

    On May 26, 2009 at 8:15 am

    Teachers, regardless of sex, are each unique in their approach.

  3. Darla Beck

    On May 26, 2009 at 8:21 am

    I don’t agree with the above statement either. The sex of the teacher doesn’t matter. It’s the person who they are that makes them good or bad teachers.

  4. Deep Blue

    On May 26, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Well who taught the first teacher? Any teacher would just suit me for long as they really have something to teach.

  5. Annie Hintsala

    On May 26, 2009 at 9:08 am

    As a teacher, I absolutely don’t agree with that statement either. I don’t think that it matters, its the personality of the person thats important, not the gender. Good topic.

  6. Christine Ramsay

    On May 26, 2009 at 9:43 am

    I agree with Annie. It is personality and a touch of humour that are really important, as well as a good knowledge of what you are teaching. An interesting discussion.



    On May 26, 2009 at 10:14 am

    It depends on the situation. You can’t bar the teaching ability by the gender. It’s not right. Good work anyway.

  8. kate smedley

    On May 26, 2009 at 11:31 am

    I agree with Annie and Christine, it’s the person that counts … very interesting article.

  9. papaleng

    On May 26, 2009 at 11:52 am

    I must say that there are subject in class that goes well with male teachers and vice versa, but in my case, I always add humor to my teaching, that way students don’t get bored specuially if you are handling Math classes.

  10. goodselfme

    On May 26, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    I think each brings different demeanors to the class room. I like both. Very Well done write!

  11. Daegal

    On May 26, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    It’s been my observation that the teaching experience is as much a part of the pupil as it is of the teacher. No teacher is good for all students as some students relate better to a particular gender or body type, and the same can be said of teachers.

    My favorite teachers were the ones who gained respect from students rather than demanding it.

    For instance, one of my high school English teachers was just out of college and teaching kids only a few years younger than herself. Many of her colleagues thought she was too soft, but she had told us on that first day exactly where her boundaries lay and doom be on any who crossed them. If we stayed within those lines we had a great relationship. I cannot think of any classmate who crossed that line more than once, though most of us tested it that one time.

    On the other hand, my math and physics teacher had learned in his 20 or so years of teaching that if his student were bored they would fail. He made us WANT to learn by making up numerous projects that tricked us into learning by being fun. He was that sneaky. And he also was always there for us, even to the extent of giving out his home phone number if needed for homework help (I don’t think anyone used it, but we knew it was available). I still keep in touch after 25 years.

  12. George W Whitehead

    On May 26, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    A female teacher is probably better in the early grades, a kind of Mum substitute. Perhaps a male is better in the more advanced grades, as a Dad figure of authority!

  13. Joe Dorish

    On May 26, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Best teacher I ever had taught Spanish and was a woman. But I had good and bad women teachers as well as men.

  14. clay hurtubise

    On May 26, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    While I wish I had Christine Ramsay for a teacher, I did have excellent male teachers also.

  15. Leroy Altman

    On May 26, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    I think our gender has nothing to do with how well teachers teach. I do think the ability to continue learning and conveying this information to the students plays a major role in our education system today. One of the biggest problems is when the teacher looses connection with the student. Remember teaching is partially communication and in order to communicate the information given must be received and understand, then feed back must be given. But don’t listen to me I am no teacher just A high school graduate from one of the lowest educational levels in the nation.

  16. Joydan Worros

    On May 26, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    uhm, i think it’s simply like a child do not need a mother alone but also a father. all because both of them have different approach in taking care and loving. not far from teaching.

  17. Eunice Tan

    On May 27, 2009 at 1:04 am

    I don’t agree too. It is not about gender but about personality, IQ and EQ

  18. nobert soloria bermosa

    On May 27, 2009 at 5:34 am

    i don’t agree but i agree that there are much more female teacher

  19. Betty Carew

    On May 27, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Either sex who has a passion for this profession is good at what they do . Great article Mr Ghaz.

  20. Jo Oliver

    On May 27, 2009 at 11:41 am

    overall, by nature, yes, but I really think it depends on the person.

  21. son soleil

    On May 27, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Teachers, period are important. Rather the teacher is a man or a woman it doesn’t matter as long as they have a love for teaching.

  22. swatilohani

    On May 28, 2009 at 12:02 am


  23. writing4angels

    On May 28, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Well, Ghaz I do not quite agree with the fact that women are better teachers than men. Yes, but in India women can be better than men for Management. Men tend to switch to teaching during economic troubles and letter on quit easily, leaving management in problems for finding another good teacher.

  24. Pinaki Ghosh

    On May 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    I am a teacher and i am male. :)

  25. Cynthia Bartlett

    On May 30, 2009 at 1:00 am

    my experience is that male and female teachers are in fact equal with different perspectives. I can name as many \”poor\” teachers of both sexes as I can \”good\” teachers. I have had my fair share of both. And wonder why in the world some of them chose teaching as a profession. Thanks for sharing this article.

  26. Hello Kylie

    On June 7, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    I think that as long as one has patience and love for the subject they are teaching, they are bound to be good in passing their passion to the students. I have had professors that have managed to make me interested in hardcore science subjects like sociology and I have also had professors that have diminished my curiosity for field that I previously loved. For example, human rights.

  27. Samson ,June 25, 2009

    On June 25, 2009 at 7:54 am

    I also strongly disagree this topic.Men can also be made themselves better teachers than women.

  28. john

    On January 27, 2010 at 6:10 am

    I think women make cheaper teachers than men, this iswhy girls tend to do better at school. female-female relationships is how girls learn, and since women are payed less than men, it is more profitable to hire wmen teachers.

  29. Lawrence Abby john

    On April 24, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Lady teachers are better in some subjects and situations. At the same time, Men performs better in some cases, There are many circumstances, where we require efficient lady teachers, especially for students at schools,LKG,UKG, Kindergarten, where Love, affection, care more matters than education. Please visit for better lady teachers.

  30. Chandra Blakeborough

    On June 3, 2010 at 8:00 pm


  31. Sylvia

    On December 29, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    No not at all.
    We cannot just state that by referring to a few teachers. We cannot determine this by a small representation.
    In my school, I’d say the male teachers make better teachers than most female teachers. It’s really hard to say.

  32. Harry Fear

    On June 7, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Ones gender or perceived gender will have an effect on the way one communicates with other humans, and therefore, to some extent will effect the teachers’ attitude or technique.

  33. Harry Fear

    On June 7, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I agree with George to an extent:

    “A female teacher is probably better in the early grades, a kind of Mum substitute. Perhaps a male is better in the more advanced grades, as a Dad figure of authority!”

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