Dating a former student
Other students suspect favoritism and awarding higher grades to the student involved with the teacher.They may attribute the wrong motives and may see an undesirable nexus between awarding grades and sexual favors. Allowing mentorship to turn into romance breaks the trust on which a healthy student-teacher relationship is founded.This is not a rare case and newspapers and television have reported other cases of relationship between teachers and students that have raised many eyebrows.This is one kind of relationship that our society frowns upon much the same way it condemns child abuse or paedophilia.While some movies idolize such relationships, generally such themes do not find favor with society as a whole and provoke harsh criticism by influential sections such as the media.Any school that glosses over unhealthy emotional entanglement between a teacher and student would also be subject to wholesale condemnation and avoidance by the public, especially by parents. A teacher turns her into the school office and student gets suspended for a few days.A controversy burst open recently in a dance school in Winnipeg because of an allegedly consensual relationship between a 37-year-old teacher and an 18-year-old dance student.
This is because not only is it socially repulsive but also it could expose the school to allegations of negligence and possible lawsuits.Some also argue that teacher-student romances are unethical because it involves bringing something alien namely love and passion, to the scene of education, thus distracting from and posing as an impediment to educational goals.Education is pursued for a love for knowledge and a thirst for discovery. A teacher is a facilitator as a student learns to react to and love different things in the world.He must not send wrong signals by converting this delicate relationship into a romantic one.Students are immature and overwhelmed by their teacher’s personality, they look up to the teacher with admiration; so it is highly immoral to take advantage of these innocent feelings and deepen it to an adult romance. The main fault in a teacher-student relationship is the lopsided power equations. The student is too immature to make a proper decision for himself/herself.