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SCHOOLS: Teacher-student interaction always existed

Letter by Colin Guthrie, Puyallup on March 25, 2014 at 2:21 pm with No Comments »
March 25, 2014 2:34 pm

Re: “Crossing the line online” (TNT, 5-23).

Social media and use of technology in itself may make it easier to see blurring of student-teacher interaction, which school districts have tried to regulate, but it has not targeted the true reason for sexual misconduct between teachers and students.

Before there was Facebook and texting, the teacher-student interaction blurring was just as easy when teachers lived close in the same neighborhood where they worked, had their children attend the same school they teach at, and interacted with students in local businesses. Many teachers allowed school field trips to their home years ago.

Technology and social media are not going anywhere, and schools need to start using them as a means of interaction between school and student/family. If the intent of such regulation is to curb sexual misconduct, the schools should be looking into psychosexual behaviors people have and deciding what behaviors they want teachers to have.

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