Being a resident of Alabama means that you have to often stand and look at some stupid act that the state government has committed and often have folks ask you how and why they did that.
Well.....this week....the Alabama Senate Education Policy Committee worked up Senate Bill 274 (the Educator-Student Interaction Training Act).
It got through the committee and will go to the full senate later this week.
Naturally, you'd ask what's really in 274?
Well....they felt down in Montgomery that teachers in Alabama have been having wild and crazy relations (in bloom closets) to such a degree.....that they need an hour of mandated training per year that teaches you (after four years of college) to avoid lusty affairs with students and instructs you on proper and acceptable social meda action with students.
I should note.....there is a minor part to 274 which deals with all the various ways you can inflict paddling upon a student.
You can imagine the principal standing there in some group of forty-odd teachers from his school, and this hour of training has come up. So, he gets up and talks about how you might fall under the spell of booze, pills, drugs, or the devil.....and do something crazy.
He's naturally looking at mostly guys, but then he chats about women and their craziness to get up relationships with their thirteen-year-old male students.
Then he'll chat for a while about Facebooking or Twittering with teenagers, and how chat can go from innocent to really hot lusty stuff in one afternoon.....trying hard not to incriminate himself because he might have made "friends" with some sixteen-year-old gal from last year.
I think if 274 does pass.....after a while....some professional training agency will make a training-video on immoral acts with teens, and describe the twelve ways that you might fall into a lusty affair with your students.
Some Bible folks will pick up the discussion and chat about how the devil gets into computer chats, and brings sin to your front door.....saying it's better that you give up computers entirely.
After a while.....some guy from an audience will wake up at some point where Ms Jones (the 9th grade English teacher) hints that she's unhappy, and in need of a "friend". So this male teacher (Coach Bob) will harp on the fact that instead of women teachers looking for illicit affairs with young male students....they ought to hook up with other male teachers or coaches.....well.....like himself. Ms Jones will gaze over, and give Coach Bob a wink, and the two will meet up after the 274-seminar deal in the broom closet in Coach Bob's office.
I know folks try to do the right thing in life, but mandating this 274-training.....I have my doubts that it'll do much.