Skip to comments.7 Child Predators Protected by American Teachers Unions
Posted on 03/08/2011 8:07:55 PM PST by TheHawksNest
How many times have you heard that public school teachers are sorely underpaid, under-appreciated public servants with hearts of gold who love your kids more than you do? There is a myth out there that every person who enters into the sacred field of education has the heart of a servant, a love of children and no desire for personal gain or satisfaction. And certainly, there are teachers that fit that description (Ive had a few myself.)
But Ive also had teachers who should never have been allowed within fifty feet of children. A 2004 study by Hofstra University scholar Charol Shakeshaft on the sexual misconduct of public school teachers is a shocking wake-up call that was widely ignored by the public union-friendly press. And even worse, the public teachers unions protected many of the offending teachers and allowed them to quietly transfer to other schools where they victimized more children. Examples include touching breasts or genitals of students; oral, anal, and vaginal penetration; showing students pictures of a sexual nature; and sexually-related conversations, jokes, or questions directed at students.
Everyone agrees that the sex scandal in the Catholic Church is a tragedy of immense proportions and the media has done a good job at uncovering the network of cover-ups and lies that harmed children irreparably. But what would you say if I told you that the public school system, which is about the same size as the Catholic Church in America with a school in every parish, has more sexual abuse cases in ten years than the Catholic Church has had in fifty? The mishandling of sex offenders in the public school system has cost hundreds of millions of dollars in legal fees to the taxpayers and unmeasurable damage to the victims. The following are among the worst offenders...
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Unions have long gone from protecting the workers from unsafe working conditions to protecting the criminal element and the worst workers in the union.
That was just a part of the new government curriculum! /s
Under the rules for teachers, Bernie Madoff would have been allowed time to ‘build his file’, and thus avoid conviction.
This site is just out to get a sensational story. School admins don’t talk about former teachers because they don’t want to get sued. Not because of some iron clad contract. Unions represent teachers that are in trouble because that’s what they are supposed to do. Not because of some nefarious plot to keep sex offenders. You can’t ruin a teacher’s reputation based on a rumor. Any teacher can be canned quickly if the admin will diligently investigate charges. The trouble is that admins don’t want to.
Oh, but you’ll never hear about teacher sexual abuse of students from the MSM. But they’ll never shut up about Catholic priests.
Class action suit against the union would be excellent.
What would I say? I'd say that I don't believe it. Specifically, I don't believe that the organizations, nor the ratio of accusations, are the same size.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that there are over a million and a half public school teachers, with roughly 500 accusations made against them per year. That's 5000 accusations in ten years, and thus less than 2% of the teacher base stands accused.
The Catholic Church is less than one-tenth of the size of the public school system in America. The Catholic Church's John Jay Study reports the following statistics:
...the study found 10,667 minor victims accusing 4,392 of the nearly 110,000 priests who served in U.S. dioceses and religious orders from 1950 to 2002. (The number of accused priests includes 41 permanent deacons.) Among diocesan priests, 4.3 percent were accused of abuse; among those in religious orders, 2.5 percent were accused.Now the John Jay study (which only counts accusations made before 2003) makes a good case that the (alleged) sexual abuse peaked between 1960 and 1980, that between 2.5 and 4.3 percent of the entire clergy population spanning fifty years has been accused, and that number of incidents has been falling since 1990, meaning offending priests are either getting caught or are leaving the Catholic Church and are being replaced with less (sexually) promiscuous ones. Therefore, we'd have to restrict ourselves to recent incidents (i.e. some time after 1990), in order to claim that there are more accusations made against public school teachers than against Catholic priests.