Blanche DuBois Syndrome

Yet another female English teacher has made the news after having sexual relations with sexually abusing a student.

I’ve written about this problem before, but it occurred to me that at the time, I didn’t mention one of the reasons I am concerned about the issue, as the post is centered around the larger and more important issue of child abuse. But… is it just me, or does it seem as though an inordinate number of female teachers who victimize male students are English teachers? Or do I just have that perception because I notice it more when the teacher is described as an English teacher? I mean, sheesh, I don’t want my profession to become the butt of jokes — “she was an English teacher, wink wink, nudge nudge, know what I mean?”

Wikipedia’s article “Sexual harassment in education” has some interesting and appalling statistics.

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