Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Hmmm...Open Door Policy

So the policy around the Church now is that if you are a male teaching a class of kids, you must have the door open, unless there's a window that people can see into your classroom.

I'm totally fine with this policy. It's too bad it's necessary, but it's a wise thing.

I still think background checks, in addition to this would be useful - but even more than that I think this policy should occur regardless of if you are male or female. It's odd to me that this isn't required of females. Are they waiting for a report of something to happen before making this a policy? Why? Personally, I hope that they enforce this policy BEFORE some kid has to go through something horrible.

Given that most of the news about kids and teachers in schools are with female teachers, I think that um... this should be fair on both sides of the sexes. But...what do I know, I'm just a mother.


La Yen said...

In my mind, this is much more for the teacher's protection than the kids--like someone is going to molest an entire class of Blazers. During church. But this way he is not going to be accused of something that didn't happen.

And what this really translates to, at least in our ward, is no male teachers. Because we can't have the doors open. Because the kids escape.

Queen Scarlett said...

I guess I'm big on the equality thing...wouldn't a woman want to be protected too?

I know they keep saying it's for the teacher's protection...but I dunno - it's so insisted upon that it almost seems like they're really trying to persuade us that it's not because we can't trust anyone anymore.

Here's a thought to eliminating teachers... just Sacrament meeting... 1 hour church... Awesome. ;-)

~j. said...

Reverse peep holes on all the doors, not just for the nursery.