How Does Teacher Identity Affect Student Well-Being?
In crisis and post-crisis contexts, teachers may spend little or no time discussing codes of conduct and establishing clear expectations of professional behavior and attitudes. Ultimately this may mean that students‘ well-being is compromised. In the worst cases, teachers even use their professional position to exploit students. For example, they may charge students extra fees for extra help, and for providing class notes and educational pamphlets. They may demand sex for good grades and extra privileges in school. Some apprenticeship supervisors or teachers providing on-the-job training to students have subjected their students to long work hours and dangerous work conditions, and provided little supervision or compensation. This type of teacher behavior is absolutely wrong and unacceptable. Apprentices who live with their supervisors are especially vulnerable to abuse and exploitation because they have been separated from their parents or caregivers and have few other adults to turn to for support and protection.
Questions for Reflection/Discussion:
When teachers abuse their professional position to exploit and/or abuse students, what might be the result for the children‘s learning experiences? For student well-being?