In news that is sadly becoming "not news at all," another teacher has been fired for inappropriate behavior with a teenage student.
But how's this for a twist? Arthur "Chuck" Matthews is suing
Philadelphia area private school Springside Chestnut Hill Academy for
discrimination over his texting relationship with a student.
He's using as proof the fact that the girl's parents have said that
there was nothing improper about the texts exchanged by Matthews and the
young girl. But is it ever really proper for a teacher to be texting a student?
recognize that kids today are living in a digital world. Their gadgets
are often their main means for communicating. And yet, as a mom, I'm
wary of adults I don't know well interacting with my kid.
Teachers working with them inside a classroom is one
thing. It's a controlled environment where the presence of other kids
helps to keep things grounded. At the very least, a teacher who is
thinking about stepping over the lines with a student has to be on their
toes because they never know when another kid or another teacher is
going to pop in and catch them in the act.
Jump to texts, and the threat of being watched is less. So what are they saying in those texts? For that matter, what could they possibly have to say in a text that couldn't be covered in the classroom?
And why would a teacher need a child's personal phone number? Call me
old school, but I tend to shield my cellphone number from people who
don't absolutely need to have it. It seems overly familiar to share it
with people beyond that because it gives people access to me anywhere,
I know I don't want a teacher accessing my kid anywhere, anytime. That's for sure!
Do you think it's appropriate for teachers to text kids?
A teacher that they have rigth now? No. I email and text a few of my former students on occasion but they are in college and it's usually to help them with school work. The 3 I keep in touch with our education majors and they enjoy talking with me about it sometimes. I don't teach anymore but I would not text a current student.
This may be an unpopular opinion, but I don't see it as any different than a teacher emailing a student. I did that with several of my teachers when I was in high school. As long as the messages are limited to assignments and similar topics.
January 7, 2013 at 3:42 PM
I have my 6th graders teachers phone number. I have let my dd text her off my phone as long as she tells her teacher it is her.