First, let me say that this behavior is inexcusble! That being said, the media
doesn't make articles on all professions--they do for teachers because of
the heightened trust we give them to be with our children. It happened in our
community 8 years ago and it blighted many good teachers who worked with the
teacher and student. FACT: There are 26,000 pubic school
teachers in the state of Utah. (see USOE website) If there are 11 reports of
such behavior, that would be less than 0.04% (not 4%--but 4/10 of one percent)
of the total number of teachers. This behavior is unacceptable--I
still trust the teachers my children have because I am active in getting to know
each of them. I have noticed that many of the articles I have read re: abusers
are not teachers but are coaches, aides, volunteers as well as other staff.
The state requires all teachers to have background checks and relicensure every
five years--which requires intense training on the penatties associated with
Maybe we Ned to seriously consider this kind of abuse of a position of public
trust as a capital offense? I'm getting tired of reading about these
What is with these teachers. Don't they watch the news?
Just one suggestion to Left Field: *some* in the teaching ranks are not up to
the task of holding high moral standards. SOME are not, rather than *many*.MOST teachers do not cross this line. TOO MANY do, but they are not
representative of the teaching profession. It only takes one to cast the entire
group in a bad light, that's for sure. Some criminals secure a teaching
contract, but most teachers are not criminals.
This behavior has become so commonplace that it no longer shocks. Technology has
made it so easy for people of all ages to give in to their baser inclinations.
Having to pull down a magazine wrapped in brown paper from the top shelf of a
convenience store in front of other patrons provided more built-in resistance to
an urge and more opportunity to think twice before acting than what one faces
when deciding where on the internet to wander. There is without question an
inverse correlation to the rise in technical advances and the downward spiral of
moral standards. It takes more personal strength and integrity to resist this
manner of temptation than ever before, and it appears that many in the teaching
ranks of our children are not up to the task.