Is Social Media Causing Teacher-Student Sex?

Okay, that’s a silly headline. Or is it?

The ladies on The View kind of tried to make that case this week. Watch the video below to see for yourself.

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The story at issue is that of a teacher from Texas who became pregnant from a relationship with a 13-year old, her student. That’s just wrong, but let’s not blame it on social media. It’s true that social media can bring students and teachers closer together, but for the most part that is a good thing. Better rapport leads to better outcomes in a mentor/pupil relationship.

There have to be boundaries between teachers and students. Some school boards have made moves to put a policy in place that outlines what means of communication between teachers and students are permissible, and in what circumstances. That’s good in principle but the teachers themselves need to be responsible for doing what’s right.

There are over 300,000 teachers in Texas public schools. There have been 162 cases this year or alleged improper relationships (yes, that’s 162 too many). We assume not all of those include the parties actually having sex. We further assume that the vast majority of those relationships would have happened whether social media existed or not.

Almost all teachers conduct themselves appropriately. Period.

That’s a silly headline.



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