Newtons third law is, there is an equal and opposite reaction for every action. This can also be used to explain the impact of the choices of a teacher or influential adult has in the lives of children. Parents trust teachers with their most valuable asset, their children. As teachers we must remember to treat our students as children and also respect their individuality. We need to consider all children and provide an inclusive learning environment.
- In the case of Mudge v. Huxley, the teacher would not have had the opportunity to create a relationship with the young adults if he did not have the influence over them as their teacher. As an adult and a teacher, we have an obligation to keep a separate life as an adult apart from our students. There are things we do not discuss and situations we do not talk about since they are children. Even after they graduate there still needs to be a professional relationship with them. We should not be using our position as an educator to groom students for our personal desires.
- In the case of Mezler v. Board of Education, a teacher has the right to join clubs and organizations outside of school that they feel they can support. But when the club has an impact in the lives of others that is not becoming of the leaders we needs as teachers, we as teachers need to draw the line. Teaching students to express their individuality is important but sometimes there are consequences for our choices in life. As a teacher it is important to support a students likes and dislikes and help them find ways to research into their personal preferences.
- Considering the individuality of students the case of Tinker v. The Supreme Court. All of our students want to be considered as individuals and have an opportunity to express that individuality. However, at the same time we also need to protect students from their own choices whether they like it or not. Shielding them from influences they are not ready for or even ones they do not completely understand is not always easy for a teacher.