Don’t Be Their Friend. Seriously.
I used to ignore that advice. I believed that we, as teachers, should be cordial and friendly to our students so that they stay motivated and engaged. Sure, teaching is the first priority, but shouldn’t being fair, courteous and friendly take a close second, especially in the parts of town where our students may not see a fair, courteous or friendly face?
Then I read the latest teacher-as-statutory-rapist story, and I was reminded why friendliness isn’t the teaching priority.
A former middle school teacher was sent to prison for six years Tuesday for having sexual encounters with five teenage boys. Authorities said Allenna Ward, 24, met 14- and 15-year-old boys at the school where she taught as well as at a motel, a park and behind a restaurant.
“I apologize from the depths of my heart,” Ward said in court.
Some people take it to an extreme, even if only due to serious mental issues.
That part about picking up middle school and freshmen boys behind a restaurant — ugh. It’s hard to stay positive about committing myself to a low-paying, entry-level seasonal job when stories like this come out every few months.
I swear I’m not being crude, but from looking at her mugshot, she isn’t a poor-looking young lady. How divorced from reality do you have to be to think that teenage boys are the only ones you could empathize with? Some don’t even wear deodorant.
That isn’t supposed to be flippant. It just comes out that way when I’m frustrated.
Moral of the story? I don’t have one because I can’t be pithy about this. Stupid people frustrate me.