The following article written by Jessica Shepherd of The Guardian informs us that it is the children rather than the teachers that are the primary cause of the problems we all hear about in our schools classrooms.
Most teachers already are grossly underpaid and unappreciated. Now our nation’s educators have to fear erroneous allegations against their classroom conduct. Many teachers have been suspended or terminated for actions they never committed. Most parents will concede that rearing a child often gets distributed around the various members of the village. Well, teachers are part of the whole village. Some latitude must be extended to your child’s instructor with respect to discipline. Some sense of due process must be implemented if a student issues a serious allegation or criticism of a teacher’s conduct or character!
Any teacher who has taught in a poor school district knows the pressure of having a class full of trouble making, hell-raising students AND not having the support of the Principal or the AP when it comes to discipline!
Now maybe the general public will be more forgiving with respect to an instructor’s desire to become tenured. Tenure is not without its drawbacks, but does help to protect a teacher’s rights with respect to false accusations.
Anxiety about child abuse in schools is leading to scores of teachers being suspended each year over allegations that turn out to be false, MPs were told today.
Schools, the police and local authorities regularly now trust pupils over teachers when allegations of abuse are made, MPs on the cross-party Children, Schools and Families select committee heard.
The committee is conducting an inquiry into the way allegations against teachers are dealt with.
Teaching unions told the MPs that teachers were presumed guilty as soon as an allegation was made, even though “95% of claims” were found to be false and many were also malicious.
Teachers were suspended and sometimes arrested when an allegation was made. Future employees were able to see that they had been under investigation even if they were later found to be innocent, the MPs were told.
Social services interviewed the children of one teacher after an allegation was made against him by a pupil. He was later found to be innocent.
Another teacher was told he could have no contact with his baby daughter unless the mother was present, while an investigation into an allegation was underway.
The presumption of guilt while teachers were investigated ruined their health and caused them psychological damage, the unions said.