Sunday, April 20, 2014

No Consequences Leads To More Bad Behavior – It's Simple Human Nature

Over history, it has been proven time and time again that when bad behavior is not met with real consequence, society begins to disintegrate. That is what is happening right now in Texas on many levels, but today I want to focus on how it has affected our schools. Hardly a day goes by when a teacher in Texas is not accused or arrested for an inappropriate relationship with one of their students. Back when I was young, in the 1960's and 1970's, there were teacher student sexual interactions – but at that time they were almost exclusively between male teachers and female students. These days, that mix has changed – but the problem is just as bad or maybe even worse. The state has laws protecting minors for one simple reason. Kids have not matured enough to be able to make their own decisions on matters of sexuality. While I do not understand why there seems to be an increase in the number of sexual encounters between teachers and students, I do believe that the old habit of covering up these problems, in the past, has lead to an explosion of them in recent times. Sadly, school systems in Texas made the choice to look the other way when these issues first started occurring a long time ago. That attitude created a situation where there were no consequence for bad behavior and in return that inaction lead to even more problems. In the world today, if something is not personally hurting you – we are taught to just look the other way and accept the behavior of others you do not agree with. Even in an anything goes society, there should be tough consequences when a teacher becomes sexually involved with a student. If not for any other reason, it might discourage that conduct from happening in the future.

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