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Negatively Impacting Student Well-Being

Teachers negatively impact student well-being further through these professional malpractices:

  • Financial exploitation: Teachers offering students good grades in exchange for money or demanding payments for additional learning materials also negatively impacts the lives of children and youth. Students may even be forced to pay for extra classes to make up for lessons that teachers have purposely made confusing! Yet learning and success in school are so important to children and youth that they feel intense pressure to accept such terrible conditions.

  • Sexual abuse and exploitation: Teachers' sexual advances and manipulation of students, especially female students, is highly disturbing. Exploited students may have lifelong emotional scars. Students not directly affected often know it is happening, and this awareness can create general distrust and lack of respect for the teacher. As a result, students may feel uncomfortable about requesting any assistance. Students may also feel conflicted about speaking out against what they know is wrong versus remaining silent to protect themselves. In addition, students may feel resentful of extra attention being given to certain students who are known to be in sexual relationships with teachers.

Definition: sexual abuse

the forcing of unwanted sexual activity by one person on another through the use of threats or coercion

Definition: exploitation

refers to one person taking advantage of another for personal gain