Monday, March 30, 2009
Teacher's job at risk after sex-ed talk
Parents are calling for an Italian teacher to loose her job after she discussed genital piercing, handcuffs and whips with her sixth grade students.
Parents of the children in the fifth and final year of an elementary school in this northwestern Italian city have asked the school to keep her away from their children.
The headmaster of the elementary school, Vincenzo Guarino, said the teacher was guilty of ''serious naivety'' in not realising that ''certain subjects and language can be used in a class of 15-year-olds, but not 11-year-olds''.
''It's true that she was only answering questions but there are ways of discussing these things''.
Parents say the unidentified teacher went into detail about bondage and S&M after an initial discussion on masturbation led to oral sex and further afield.
The teacher has defended herself by saying she was only doing what she had been told in a training course for teaching children about sex, which emphasised the importance of speaking frankly in order ''to clear things up''.
Not really sure how a teacher could think that was appropriate for sixth graders. However, it seems like her training course wasn't appropriate either.
What do you think? Should she be fired? Disciplined? Transferred to another school?