Lies About Public Education (Part Four) – Teachers LOVE their students!Thursday, November 15th, 2012
Who would purposefully hurt a child?
What sort of an adult would go out of his or her way to harm a child, particularly a child placed in their protective care?
No adult in their right mind, right?
I mean, well, you know…I believe the children are the future and all that. What sort of person would willfully go out of their way to damage a child in their care?
You’re probably not going to like the answer.
Last weekend, a teacher in Florida was arrested for having sex with her 16 year-old student. The teacher’s name is Amie Neely, and she’s 38 years-old. That’s a rough age for many people, 38. Kind of a rite of passage in a way, as one’s youthful energy and even one’s looks begin to step gingerly toward middle age. I understand.
Still and all, a pre-middle-age-crisis probably doesn’t excuse Ms. Neely from having had sex repeatedly with a 16 year-old student, who I will not name here. (By the way, I just read another report of this crime, and low and behold, Ms. Neely claimed she is suffering from a mid-life crisis! That was a good guess!)
You’ll note I skipped the obligatory “alleged”. You see, Ms. Neely was caught in the act – by her husband. He tracked her using the GPS on her phone, and found her just in time to catch his wayward wife and her student in a nearby parking lot, in the process of. Later, the poor man discovered that the eager couple had utilized his own and his wife’s bedroom for at least one other tryst. Ms. Neely now faces a felony assault charge. So much for an apple for the teacher.
I know, you’d like to not believe it’s so. No teacher would ever do such a thing! I understand how you feel. For those of you with children who you leave in the care of a public school, this is a difficult reality to confront.
I’m afraid that doesn’t make the story untrue. Nor does it make thousands more stories of this sort untrue, either.
Did I say thousands. I apologize. I know “thousands” is a big number. But I actually need a bigger number, I’m afraid, like “tens of thousands”… “hundreds of thousands”.
Stories like this one reach the public and we are all surprised and disgusted. Why we should any of us be surprised after so many abuses does not speak well for us. We’re not paying attention.
But remember that for each such abuse that is reported, hundreds if not thousands of abuses remain unknown, hidden, festering. After all, who’s going to believe the word of a child over his or her teacher?
I do. So does the Department of Education, though they are loath to admit it. According to a Department of Education report from 2004, some 6-10% of all public school students will be sexually abused by staff or faculty during the years a student attends public school. Given that there are close to 80 million public school students, that would be a lot of kids – millions of them. By the by, that report was published and then very rapidly, mysteriously sopped being discussed.
Some of these criminals…sorry, teachers…do get caught. I’ve written numerous articles on this site about some of them. Of course, you say, those who are caught are immediately fired, right? They are instantly abandoned by their fellows for having committed a crime that most prisoners in jail find reprehensible, right? My understanding is that no one is more hated inside a prison population than a child molester. So these people entrusted with the safety and well-being of our children, who are well respected and very well paid for that trust, when they abuse they quickly feel the full brunt of societies fury, right?
They usually just keep teaching.
Often, teachers who abuse children are moved around from school to school to “hide” them. But they almost never lose their jobs, not for “merely” molesting a student. And why would this be so, you ask?
They’re TEACHERS, that’s why!
As I’ve written about many times, teachers have very powerful unions. Those wealthy unions, supported by the fees collected from over three million teachers (out of salaries that YOU pay through taxation), can afford to hire the very best lawyers. And so they do and often – in defense of abusive teachers.
Teacher unions essentially are using our money, folks, in order to protect their members who molest our children. It generally costs upwards of $500,000 for a school district to get a teacher fired, thanks to this perverted idea of teacher protectionism.
Of course there are many ways a teacher might abuse a child. One article I wrote a few months back discussed teachers who had fed an “unpopular” child moose droppings, claiming it was a treat. See, I guess those teachers thought this was funny. It’s not funny, but it is abuse. It’s a crime, just like when an adult has sex with a minor.
There are more subtle forms of abuse. There’s the tale of teacher Natalie Munroe. Last year, she published on the Internet some horrible comments about her students, degrading comments for all the world to see. And before you start thinking Ms. Munroe is an exception, allow me to point out that during my brief time teaching for Los Angeles Unified, I regularly heard teachers say the most awful things about their students and behind their backs. That was over 30 years ago! That’s how far back I can verify personally that a lot of teachers hate their students. Ms. Munroe simply made the tactical error of going public with her commentary.
We were raised to believe that teachers were good and loving people. We were told that we could in good conscience and with justifiable faith leave our children in their care.
We were lied to. Repeatedly, and destructively.
All the “psychological profiling”, finger-printing and other hoo-haw the state puts teachers through to “guarantee” that they are fine, upstanding guardians of our young has not in any way prevented abusive people in large numbers from joining the ranks of public teachers.
In fact, one can easily see why such people would clamor for teaching jobs. Where else can an abusive personality go where their accuser will habitually not be believed? What other profession provides so many easily victimized subjects? Where else can an abuser go where a powerful and wealthy union will rush to their legal defense when (or if) they are caught? In what other line of work is job security so out of control that even a repeat abuser knows he or she will have a high-paying job, one they do not have to be particularly good at in the first place?
YES, there are certainly teachers who care for and even love (in a caring and real way) many of their students. Not all teachers are monsters, I’m not saying they are. I have my gripes with ALL public school teachers, but not for the reason that I suspect them of such crimes.
One problem we have here is that the monsters look just like all the other teachers. The law, the psychologists who are supposed to keep monsters out of the educational system, have no idea how to accomplish their task. Witness the results.
This is not to suggest that we string up all teachers in the hope of getting the monsters. It does suggest, however, that there are enough “teachers” who are abusive to have a real and genuine concern for one’s children. Knowing that the system will protect abusive “teachers” rather than send them to jail (or at least firing them) is just the icing on an increasingly rancid cake.
What protections exist for our children against such abuse? Well, you could homeschool. That’s one, and a good one.
Another is that you could listen to and try to believe what your children tell you about such things. Yeah, I know there are children out there who make stuff up. I saw “The Crucible”, “The Children’s Hour” “The Bad Seed”, and other works of literature featuring lying and dangerous children. Do some kids lie? Did I just hear a little boy cry “wolf?” of course they do! Just about everyone tells a lie from time to time, for whatever reason.
With all of this in mind, you, mom and dad, will need to be discerning. But you know your children! You should generally be able to know when they are trying to tell you something important and true and disturbing. At least provide them the benefit of a doubt and set about finding out for yourself the truth of your child’s accusation, if at all possible. Do so in a quiet, judicious manner if you suspect it may not be so. But once you are certain of abuse, skip talking to the school and call your lawyers and the police.
Don’t expect much real assistance from your kid’s school. Given teachers and their overall track record, I’d say that you’re far more likely to get the truth from your children than from a public school.
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