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Roman Polanski is another example of the problems that arose out of this shift. I recall being a young teacher at a very progressive high school in Los Angeles in 1967-1969. Many single male teachers had relationships with their female students it seemed. I didn't know whether to be proud or ashamed of the fact that I was not one of them - not for want of opportunity. And the young women - OH MY GOD! But it just did not seem appropriate to my evolving Oklahoma-Arizona-California sensibility.

And some of my 9th grade female students were eager for attention and physical contact, which was a challenge. They would stand beside me almost touching me or grab my arm or hand. My choice was to put a hand on a shoulder or pat a head. Some seemed very much in need of male parental attention. As this was a private school I was hired despite lacking any college background in education, so I really do not know what was taught in teachers education at that time about those subjects. But some faculty and administration spoke positively about the Summerhill philosophy, though the school was much more formal and traditional than that.  

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Jun 10th, 2013 at 07:46:05 PM EST

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