Teachers Need to Stop Trying to Be Parents

Jacqueline Burt Cote
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teen on phoneObviously sexting, especially when photos or videos are concerned, can get a teen into some serious trouble. But some states are looking at laws that would make sexting grounds for being expelled from high school -- in some cases, even if said sexting did not occur on school grounds. Let me tell you, if I had a kid who was a good student with an otherwise clean record who got expelled for sexting, I’d be furious – not at my kid, but at the school. I'm all for administrators enforcing rules, but in my opinion, teachers are getting a bit too involved in their students' private lives. Tell me if my teen is having trouble with calculus, but any other words that begin with a "c" and might be found in an incriminating text? I'll handle that without the Board of Education's help, thank you very much.

I feel the same way about these proposed sexting laws as I do about the institutionally arrogant notion of teachers giving parents report cards based on how well their kids are prepared for school (full night's sleep? homework done? breakfast eaten?), and that is, stay out of my family's business. From what I understand, teachers don't appreciate it when parents tell them how to do their jobs -- well, we don't appreciate being told how to do our jobs, either. Especially when it comes to an issue as sensitive as our teen's sex life (which might just be a hypothetical, text-only sex life, by the way). Teachers and parents need to work together while still respecting each other's boundaries, or teens will never figure out how to set boundaries of their own.

Do you think teachers are crossing too many lines?

 

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