My old school district was recently rocked by scandal. It seems there was some infidelity among teachers and administration.
Colfax, California, might be small, but allegations of affairs should not have been plastered all over the papers. Careers were ruined and marriages ended.
These were people I went to high school with. Instead of moving to bigger cities to become business reps or doctors, they got their credentials and returned to their communities.
They've gone to every Falcons football game, twenty years running. In their classes are their own teachers' grandkids. They've bought houses by their old bus stops.
If these were not teachers, though, would their private lives have mattered? Would they have been publicized?
If these were insurance agents, or nurses, or lawyers, would anyone care about the "news?"
It's been my experience that for some reason, teachers are held to the highest moral standard.
Why is that?
Is it not enough that educators sacrifice salary to care for kids and nudge them toward the benchmarks?
After five or six years of college, with graduate degrees, teachers begin working for maybe forty grand. They'll top out at sixty after thirty years of collecting homework, grading essays, and chaperoning dances.
And they are never to be seen in a bar, or on a date, or getting a speeding ticket. If they cross a moral line? Devastation.
In essence, society is expecting a highly educated yet severely underpaid population to provide an ethical example.
Is that fair?
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