A Plea to Stop the Drama on Teacher Misconduct
There are 3.2 million public school teachers in America. Even if one hundredth of one percent (.01%) of them did egregious things, we would still see about 2 awful stories in the news for every day of the school year. I am not suggesting that we ignore these issues, but asking that we put them in perspective. Every profession struggles with how to enforce and maintain professional norms (see Robert Pondiscio on a Hippocratic Oath for education). Those discussions are important. But I question the wisdom of focusing so much attention on these stories when they are no way typical of the behavior of public educators.