Naughty Teachers – Secret Lives of Educators

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We’re all entitled to a private life. Ideally no one with whom we’re connected professionally should even care what we do in our free time. Yet, the rules seem to be different for some people, among them, teachers.

A year ago or so I heard about a case in which a teacher was discovered to have acted in a porn movie in her youth. When the saucy details of her past resurfaced she got dismissed. I felt that it was really unjust. Maybe she made a mistake as a young girl who desperately needed money, maybe it was an experience she was proud of, the fact remains that her performing of a sexual act in front of the camera (and I’m sure the dads enjoyed watching the spanking) had absolutely nothing to do with whether she was good or not at her job. I remember parents comments  saying that she should be setting an example and it’s true for her behavior at school but I’m not convinced by the argument. Children wouldn’t see her setting a bad example as they wouldn’t watch porn. It’s the parents prudishness that was offended and nothing else.

With the development of internet dating services meeting someone has become easier for many of us. The users differ in age so a teacher can’t really feel safe on the web. A student making fun of a single teacher looking for LOVE and showing pictures to their friends is a possibility. Even worse if a teacher is caught on some sort of service making it possible to meet up with someone and have sex with no strings attached. Using a pseudonym is a way to avoid unpleasant repercussions but students can be very resourceful when it comes to stalking their teachers. Of course there are also teachers being silly and inattentive. I remember the story of a teacher who posted a picture of the class she was teaching as one as her Tinder pictures. That story ended benign with no involvement from the school but the teacher herself deleted the profile.

Last but not least, let’s have a look at the case when a teacher is “inappropriate” in the classroom. Private views are sometimes difficult to hide discovered just six days ago a teacher in a middle school in Michigan. Allison Wint was describing the meaning of paintings to her art students and used the word “vagina” to explain what a flower symbolized. To her surprise she was dismissed for discussing reproductive life without former consent of the higher school authorities. The woman explained that she doesn’t think works of arts should be censored and it was her “libertarian” attitude that got her fired. I find it ridiculous, but it raises an important question. Can a teacher share his or her views with students at all? More importantly can it be avoided and if not should it be punished? What happens if a teacher is an family planning supporter? What if he or she is an atheist? During a literature discussion it’s easy to disclose views on such issues. Can sharing by a person of authority be considered trying to influence the young minds? Or is it just exposing to to ideas possibly different to that of their parents?

I don’t know the answers to all the questions asked but I know that firing people without a possibility to amend or defend their actions is unfair and definitely doesn’t set a good example. Teachers should strive to keep their private and public lives as separate as possible as the guardians of morality are always ready to judge and punish.

What do you think, Dear Rinsers? Can a teacher be a porn star? A prostitute? Is it just to dismiss in the described cases? Don’t be shy, share your views.

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13 comments

  1. benrattle · May 3, 2016

    Glad I read this, you raise some really interesting points. Firing that teacher because she used the word ‘vagina’ is ridiculous-talk about thought police. The depressing thing is this censorship of language and ideas isn’t really tied to any larger notion of making the world a better and fairer place, but because of the bureaucratic fear that someone, somewhere, might take offence.
    Ditto sacking that woman for the porno. Rather than condemning her and brushing it under the carpet, wouldn’t it have been far better to use that discovery as a springboard for a frank and open discussion with the students about pornography and sexuality?

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    • zlotybaby · May 3, 2016

      Thank you for your comment. Yes, the vagina story seemed quite ridiculous. I saw recently the new Moore’s documentary and he shows the data which supports sexual education as a solution to the problem of unwanted teenage pregnancies. Unfortunately I think many people are deaf to these arguments and prefer for their children not to know the names of their sexual organs. I totally agree with you that this sort of policy isn’t creating progress but it requires a change in mentality to have a change of policy. Pornography is very controversial and I don’t think anyone in the right mind would decide to start a discussion about it. It would be a great thing to do but a brave one and people in power don’t want to get crucified. Even if they secretly think there’s nothing wrong with a former porn star teacher they’ll still behave as if they thought there was.

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      • benrattle · May 3, 2016

        I agree, porn is definitely controversial, but there’s no shying away from the fact that it’s become ubiquitous. So much so that I’d argue that it’s having a very detrimental affect on the sexual health of an entire generation. I don’t think we can afford to stay quiet on the subject.

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      • zlotybaby · May 3, 2016

        I agree with you. I can’t see, however, how this discussion would start especially with the younger generation. As much as I’d like to believe it can be change one day porn’s still one-of-the-things-we-don’t-talk-about. People don’t even want to admit they watch it. If they don’t, there’s no problem. Yet, someone did spot the teacher…

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      • benrattle · May 3, 2016

        Probably the head!

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      • zlotybaby · May 3, 2016

        Funny because ambiguous!

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  2. bklynboy59 · May 3, 2016

    Interesting post but I disagree with you about kids not watching porn…one of my friends found porn on her son’s devices phone tablet laptop etc… so I think the school should take action on the teacher and I don’t think it is being prude. Teachers are role models and they spend the most time with our children can be and are a huge influence on them.

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    • zlotybaby · May 3, 2016

      The chances of a kid bumping into this particular movie is low. Also, it’s the parents responsibility to make sure their children don’t watch porn. The teacher isn’t breaking the law by being in porn.

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      • bklynboy59 · May 3, 2016

        It’s not about whether or not the students or teachers will bump into each other, teachers are influential role models for students even in the 21st century. It’s not about being prude it’s a shared responsibility between the school and parents when it comes to this situation. The teacher might not break any laws by being in porn but that same teacher is a public figure that influences children. And kids are extremely smart these days on getting their way on porn.

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      • zlotybaby · May 3, 2016

        What if a teacher did it when she was very young and desperate for money and regretted it later? Should she not be given another chance? Or is it fine for her to work as long as no one finds out about it? I’m just put the thoughts out there.

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  3. adventuresofasluttygirl · May 3, 2016

    A teacher should do whatever she wants to do in her private life, but sadly, she has to be certain to take precautions at protecting her privacy and anonymity, which is tough these days, since so many people are Google-able!

    If she wants to suck the dick of a stranger, enter and possibly even win a wet tee shirt contest, or even just enjoy being in public with bouncing braless boobs, she has to be sure it is far from the neighborhood of the school… we live in a world where there are surveillance cameras everywhere, and almost every citizen is carrying a video camera/television production studio… AKA the “smart phone!”

    I am certain to keep my slutty life many light-years away from my professional life!

    xoxo

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    • zlotybaby · May 3, 2016

      Thank you for your comment. I agree that a teacher is allowed to do whatever they want to in their private life. In the ideal world even if it was discovered it shouldn’t matter but we don’t live in an ideal world. Good luck with keeping your secrets in secret!

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