by David Safier
This is a question I'd never contemplated before reading a column in today's NY Times, and I'm throwing it out to any commenters who want to jump in. When you think of your favorite teacher, is the teacher male or female? You might throw in whether you considered her/him a younger or an older teacher.
This question was raised in a column by Jennifer Finney Boylan, who spent 12 years teaching college as a man, then 13 as a transgender woman, which gives her a rare perspective on teaching, learning and gender. Boylan raises the question, do students' teachers tend to be the same gender as they are? It's only one issue in the column, but it's one I'd never considered before.
So, chime in if you wish. You might indicate whether you're male or female, since it's not always clear from the name commenters use.
I'll begin. I can't say I have a single favorite teacher, but when I think of my favorites as a group, they're all male and old enough to qualify as father figures — even when I was in college. I have to say, that surprises me.