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Old 09-11-2012, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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I'm curious what people's thoughts are about this as I've never socialized with my kids' teachers before. Now we live in a neighborhood that includes the elementary school, and a few teachers live there, as well. We were recently at a block party and my 2nd grader's teacher was drinking beer. I was somewhat surprised because many of her current and former students were there. I tend to be straight-laced, so maybe I was off-base thinking it wasn't appropriate. What is the norm in this type of situation?

 
Old 09-11-2012, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Denver area
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An adult was behaving in a legal manner on her own time. Straight laced or not, what's the issue?
 
Old 09-11-2012, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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An adult was behaving in a legal manner on her own time. Straight laced or not, what's the issue?
Yes, of course she wasn't doing anything illegal. That wasn't the question. The question was whether others think it's appropriate for a teacher to drink alcholic drinks in front of ones students. I was somewhat taken aback, but I tend to be conservative, so I was wondering what others thought - especially those who are teachers.
 
Old 09-11-2012, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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I don't think there is anything wrong with it, the teacher isn't doing anything illegal. You are over thinking it. If the person was noticeably drunk in front of his/her student, that would be a different story.
 
Old 09-11-2012, 07:27 PM
 
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An adult was behaving in a legal manner on her own time. Straight laced or not, what's the issue?
+1. A non-issue.
 
Old 09-11-2012, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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I'm curious what people's thoughts are about this as I've never socialized with my kids' teachers before. Now we live in a neighborhood that includes the elementary school, and a few teachers live there, as well. We were recently at a block party and my 2nd grader's teacher was drinking beer. I was somewhat surprised because many of her current and former students were there. I tend to be straight-laced, so maybe I was off-base thinking it wasn't appropriate. What is the norm in this type of situation?
I don't see a problem. Do you and your family drink around your kids? That sets a worse example than a
Teacher. Next you'll be telling us the teacher also smoked cigarettes, ate fattening foods, and had sex outside of marriage! Oh heavens to Betsy!
 
Old 09-11-2012, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Lower east side of Toronto
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I don't see a problem. Do you and your family drink around your kids? That sets a worse example than a
Teacher. Next you'll be telling us the teacher also smoked cigarettes, ate fattening foods, and had sex outside of marriage! Oh heavens to Betsy!
If the teacher is sucking on a flask of whiskey while teaching then I see a serious problem...or blowing a joint in the car on the way to work...Off duty...they are their own person- and what the writer suggests is that the teacher hide behind the house to have a beer when he is not working- in other words be dishonest? If I get drunk even in front of my adult kids...they think I am disgusting...but- they are grown...and I am old enough to do what I please...so there!
 
Old 09-11-2012, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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I don't see a problem. Do you and your family drink around your kids? That sets a worse example than a
Teacher. Next you'll be telling us the teacher also smoked cigarettes, ate fattening foods, and had sex outside of marriage! Oh heavens to Betsy!
I am a non-drinker, so no, I do not drink in front of my kids, nor do I smoke. But you've got me on eating fattening foods in front of them. Seriously, I wasn't making a big deal about it. It just caught me off guard when I saw it, and was wondering what the "norm" was. Apparently, no one thinks it's a big deal. Thanks for responding.
 
Old 09-11-2012, 07:38 PM
 
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She was having a beer with her peers in her neighborhood. She was socializing with her friends. Had she been sloppy drunk it would have been inappropriate regardless of her profession, but it doesn't sound that that is the case. Maybe you and your family should skip further neighborhood gatherings if it bothers you.
 
Old 09-11-2012, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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...Off duty...they are their own person- and what the writer suggests is that the teacher hide behind the house to have a beer when he is not working- in other words be dishonest?
I did not suggest any such thing. I asked whether it was approiate for the teacher to drink in front of her students outside of school.
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