Is anyone in New York City truly surprised by teacher-student sex in our schools?
The Post last week exposed yet another female teacher who’d become involved with a teen student, and lots of similar cases are still getting publicity — in part thanks to the drawn-out process for firing such “educators.”
Indeed, Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott are seizing the chance to push legislation to allow superintendents to fire schools staff for sexual misconduct. Not surprisingly, United Federation of Teachers chief Michael Mulgrew opposes it.
But the problem goes beyond the excessive legal and union protections for abusive teachers: It’s about a moral failing — or a moral blindness — that goes all the way to the top.
Sara Stewart touched on the society-wide problem in her fine piece in Sunday’s Post (“Grading on a Curve”). But the paper last year exposed a city sex-ed curriculum that referred students to an explicit Web site that teaches about sadomasochism, group sex and bizarre fetishes.
When something like that gets through, you know that top managers lack the common sense to stand up for right and wrong.
via Sex and New York teachers—Michael Benjamin –
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