Classroom Relationship Education

June 6, 2014

In today’s world, most 4th grade students are very aware of the different types of relationships that people enter into. Many come from abusive relationships, indifferent parenting, dysfunctional homes, absentee parents, toxic relationships and healthy relationships.

Therefore, when the five students of a substitute teacher, a New York actress playing bit parts, talked about relationships, she decided to let them role-play about a fictional dating relationship she was having with two men.

She gave abstract examples of different types of relationships, e.g., sometimes someone likes you and you don’t like them back, or sometimes someone isn’t so nice to you. She said it was G-rated; no talk of sex or anything weird.

The role-playing went like this: she asked her students for advice on her love life. She said she was dating two men and she had difficulty choosing between them. She played the part of the men and they played the part of their teacher.

One of the men didn’t return her calls and the verdict of the students was to dump the guy. The kids were excited to have their teacher listen to their advice. They were saying, “Oh, we’re your counselor” and they were saying all kinds of things, trying to help her because the guy was being a jerk to her.

Apparently, someone took exception to her method of teaching children about relationships and she was fired.

On the other hand, a teacher in Ohio did some role-playing of her own. She was teaching her kindergarten class about bullying and she took on the role of a bully. A surveillance camera caught her grab a 6-year-old boy and lift him in the air like a rag doll, and then put him down and hold him by the face and shirt against a wall. This child’s parents had already complained about this teacher’ treatment and asked for their son to be transferred to a different teacher, a request that was denied.

In this case, the teacher who physically intimidated a six-year-old child was suspended for only ten days without pay but retains her job, whereas the other teacher, who role-played relationships, was fired.

You can be sure, if any teacher had physically intimidated my child, there is no way that I’d sit on my hands and do nothing. I’d hire the best attorney and sue the teacher, the principal, and the school board for their part in their indefensible treatment of my child.

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