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?
I 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, anytime.
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?
January 7, 2013 at 4:04 PM
No it is not. If they need to contact they email through our school email site to the kids or to me. Kids it is homework stuff.
by AnonymousJanuary 7, 2013 at 4:04 PM
hmmm. well i know my sister's school had a program set up where the kids could text/email for questions about homework.....which sort of irked my sister because when she is off of work she shouldnt be having to answer stupid questions at 9pm at night. luckily she no longer works with the hs students so now there is none of that.
by 428pmJanuary 7, 2013 at 4:04 PM
no. I never had a need to speak to my teacher outside of school phone or no. It just opens the doors to too many possibilities.
Texting is a very resourceful tool but it can also be misused and abused.
If teachers are sending kids reminders of assignments due or schedule changes or school related events I don't have an issue with it.
But texting on personal level is a no no. Teachers are professionals and need to remain professional.
January 7, 2013 at 4:05 PMThe only form of communication my child have with their teachers. They all attend school online.
If they saw them everyday I'm not sure how I feel about texting.
by 428pmJanuary 7, 2013 at 4:06 PM
And I think facebooking with students is strange too. ALthough I have my grade 7 teacher on my fb lol
by AJB163January 7, 2013 at 4:06 PMNope I don't think so.