Teacher fired for dating former student
Unlike a professor’s lecture, a TA’s recitation involves discussion and gradual acquaintanceship.All of this makes them much more likely candidates for dating and relationships.by Matthew Quick When I was a young high school teacher, many of my students asked if we could perhaps have a beer together when they turned twenty-one, the legal drinking age here in The States. Three or four years into my teaching stint, I started bumping into former students at bars in and around Philadelphia. They try to use my first name, but can’t ever really pull it off. I ask about their lives and they give me carefully edited updates that feel like answers to test questions.I always said, “Sure,” thinking they’d graduate and forget all about me. It usually played out like this: a drink arrives unordered and the server points out a familiar face at the other end of the room. And then silence finally conquers all, at which point we hug awkwardly and part ways.Coupled with our developing passions for what we study, an encounter with someone with a depth of knowledge in our field can be incredibly alluring.
We experience our TAs in a much more relaxed, casual setting.Beyond that, some schools have specific rules about what to do if a student and a professor want to pursue a romantic relationship.If that's the case at your institution, know that the answer to your dating question lies in the faculty and/or student handbook.Last year, Pratt was dismissed on Valentine's Day after an alleged incident with another student.
ASU's policy required him to disclose the relationship and immediately remove himself from a position of academic authority over the student.
However, they can also be intimidating, married, and, let’s be honest, old. They walk the fine line between equal and superior.