However, they can also be intimidating, married, and, let’s be honest, old. They walk the fine line between equal and superior.They’re students too, and often close in age, but they hold a degree of power over us, specifically when it comes to grades.Although she had not taught the boy, she had contact with him at the school’s combined cadet force, the hearing in Coventry was told.
A former student struts triumphantly over to me, all but screaming out the fact that he or she has finally reached the legal drinking age. Sometimes former students contact me, specifically to schedule the promised drink.
And then, after just one sip, the magic fizzles out.
It's a particularly easy question where the state, in this case Texas, has passed a simple and straightforward law that makes it a crime, without regard to the age or gender of the student. But when the bill came to the floor of the house, it was amended, and the age provision was dropped.
If he had not been a student, he would have been considered a consenting adult. When the Texas law was originally drafted, it was limited to students 17 years of age and under.
Again, there is much merriment at the beginning as we order and consume our first sips of alcohol, but then it begins to feel as though we are both fish flopping around on hot concrete and the inevitable silence becomes too crushing to stomach. I truly care about these former students; they initiate this drinking ritual.
And yet, there is almost always something off about our interactions.
Should it be a crime for a public school teacher to have sex with one of her students? I felt like if we didn't do that, we just virtually made it open season on students that are 18-years-old." Most teachers don't need a criminal law to tell us that it's wrong to have sex with our students no matter how old they are (mine are in their 20's and 30's, and it's still wrong).
But don't tell that to some of my friends on the panel last night of Fox's "On the Record," where I was all alone with host Greta van Susteren in being willing to enforce the law against a 25- year old former beauty contest participant who had sex with one of her students. As Representative Warren Chisum, who proposed the amendment dropping the age limit explained, "If they're a student, I just think they're off bounds regardless of their age.
Unlike a professor’s lecture, a TA’s recitation involves discussion and gradual acquaintanceship.
All of this makes them much more likely candidates for dating and relationships.
I’ve come to believe that having a drink with your former high school teacher is – more often than not – a bit of a trap.