The esteemed poet lauretae Jam Hipkins has lost is heart to the teacher who is moonlighting as a prostitute:
I love your lacy algebra
You ease my present tense
I regard your pleasure’s syntax
As a meagre recompense
For the poetry you’ve taught me
Writ on scented, satin sheet
In our one-on-one night classes
Where we shared our rhyming feet.
If my woodwork is improving
If, perchance, I top your class
It is you, sweet Cupid’s tutor
Who has shown me how to pass
Small wonder, then in Flaxmere
With no teacher of the night
That lonely boys’ testosterone
Can fuel a fiercesome fight.
But do not give them homework
Save love’s lessons just for me
You are the moon’s curriculum
You are my chemistry
If I’m A plus in the boudoir
Then I thank your lesson plan
I went in in short trousers
And I staggered out a man!
“Well, what do you think?” the laureate pleaded. “Will it work?”
“Perhaps,” I said sadly.
“But you may have to pay her to listen.”
You can read the rest of Jim Hopkins’ column here.
For other views on the issue:
The Marlborough Express says:
Prostitution, despite some depictions to the contrary, is not a pretty profession. It attracts women desperate for money and usually has associations with drugs and thugs. Making the sex industry legal has made it safer to sex workers. It has not propelled it to the Top 10 list of jobs parents want for their children, let alone wishing it on people who teach their children.
This is an unusual case. There can’t be too many teachers working nights. For the sake of everyone involved, it is obvious the teacher involved has to give up one of her positions. And for her sake, as well as the kids, it shouldn’t be her day job.
The Manawatu Standard editorialises:
Individuals should be free to make their own moral decisions, and those personal decisions should not be imposed on other people. But it is naive in the extreme to think the moral decisions we make have no bearing on how other people assess our character.
And the character of a teacher is subject to a higher level of scrutiny than many because society has entrusted them with the responsibility of educating and influencing our children. Working as a prostitute is a moral choice a teacher is free to make, but it is a choice that is no more compatible now with their professional duties than it was before prostitution was legalised.
The Taranaki Daily News conlcludes:
Also, teachers know that their role doesn’t necessarily stop at the school gate and that they are under more pressure than other professions to moderate and carefully calibrate their public persona and behaviour.
But that should not be used to stop a person who is lawfully, and in this case discretely, going about their business, and doing it in a way that does not affect their ability to fulfil their primary role.
Yes, the confidence of some parents may be shaken by such revelations, but they should be more concerned about the value of the education their child is receiving and not so worried about the secondary employment of the person administering that quality education.
And the Ex-expat says:
This teacher is having sex. Lots of teachers have sex. Some teachers have straight sex, others have gay sex. Some teachers have more sex and some have less. Some teachers indulge in practices that are different from what you do. And apparently some are getting paid to do this. In the end it is none of our business so long as they are getting the job done in the classroom.
I gave my views in this post.