Over the last year, I’ve noticed many, many news stories online about female teachers behaving badly (particularly in terms of sexual relationships with teenage boys in their classes), and a rapid succession of them in recent months. Bloggers Ray Sawhill and Alkibiades have been especially proficient at uncovering such stories, I have noticed.
I had the thought of perhaps starting up another blog, one without comments or pingbacks enabled, simply documenting female teachers behaving badly, just to keep a record of such – similar to what the False Rape Society and its successor blog the Community of the Wrongly Accused have done with false rape accusations levelled at mostly men, by mostly women. Now, between the posts at the FRS from January 2008 up till and including March of this year, plus the posts at the CofWA from April onwards, there have been 2,926 posts in total, averaging out, over the four and a half years, to 650 posts a year, about false rape accusations. That’s quite a lot, even if some of those are multiple posts dealing with the same issue, and it certainly underscores the importance of what they’re doing there.
I decided to add up all the posts Ray Sawhill has done about female teachers behaving badly, at his Google+ linkblog, which dates back to July 10 of last year, and all the posts Alkibiades has done about female teachers behaving badly, since he started back posting on May 2.
I count 30 posts of Ray Sawhill’s on the subject, and 20 by Alkibiades – some of Alkibiades are two-fers, but at the same time, some of them cover the same stories Ray Sawhill has covered in the last two months.
For those interested, here they are:
So, there’s 50 links. (I found a Canadian story myself this evening, incidentally; all the previous ones were in the States, as far as I recall.)
Again, approximating, let’s say every single one was about a separate incident, ignoring the bit of overlap plus the two-fers, taking it to be the case that they cancel out.
That’s fifty incidences.
Is it a lot?
Well, in a nation of about 300 million people, with how many million kids in high school across that nation – not really. In fact, it’s quite small, percentage-wise, compared to the total number of teachers and students out there.
Of course, that’s besides the point, in terms of injustices in several cases where the female teachers were fired or suspended, but not charged with a crime, which, given their law-breaking, they should have been, just as we all know would have happened, and has happened, when it’s been a male teacher having an inappropriate relationship with a female student.
And I’m sure it’s become far more prevalent in recent years, than it was just a few years ago, what with the advent of social media and texting, and more younger female teachers in classrooms, as well.
But, 50 incidences, does not a true epidemic make, when it’s such a vanishingly small percentage of the total number of students and teachers in America.
No doubt there are more than those documented occurrences, and news stories that have been missed, as well; let’s say those were only half of what’s really going on out there.
100 incidences, would still be quite a small amount.
Media reporting story after story can make something SEEM like an epidemic, even though far from being one.
Now, false rape accusations – almost 3000 posts documenting cases over the last four and a half years, in anglosphere countries mostly – no doubt there truly IS an epidemic of such, even if relatively small compared to the total population numbers of men and women. It’s a real problem, and the perception that such false accusations are rare, as misandrists like to push, ought to be countered, and so the blogs that deal with that are doing useful work.
I’m not so sure, though, that a blog solely about female teachers behaving badly, like I was considering starting, would be anywhere nearly as important an undertaking, all things considered, after crunching the numbers.
But if anyone else out there wants to start one, hey, here are several documented cases from the last twelve months, to get you started – you’re welcome. 🙂
*Update: Alkibiades makes some good points.