Teachers play an important role in the trajectory of students throughout the formal schooling experience (Baker, Grant, & Morlock, 2008).
Although most research regarding teacher-student relationships investigate the elementary years of schooling, teachers have the unique opportunity to support students’ academic and social development at all levels of schooling (Baker et al., 2008; Bronfenbrenner, 1979; Bronfenbrenner & Morris, 1998; Mc Cormick, Cappella, O’Connor, & Mc Clowry, in press).
Teachers are berated for “believing they are color blind,” and they are encouraged to see the richness of other cultures in contrast to our own. They regularly have breakdowns at work for trifling reasons. I think the blame for this epidemic can be placed on our culture of perpetual adolescence.
As a result of this indoctrination, teachers really start to believe that Western culture is nothing in comparison to third world cultures. One teacher at my former girlfriend’s school spent the better part of a school year crying because her husband was divorcing her after she had cheated on him. These women obviously suffer from a stunted emotional development that leaves them thinking that they are forever in high school, or in the case of some of them, middle school. Of course, not all teachers are slutty, progressive, emotionally stunted, frumpy drunks.
Maybe it is because their jobs have become more stressful, but a lot of teachers are big drinkers.