Should teachers have personal lives?

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How much of a teacher's personal life does a school really need to care about? Certainly, if they have a history of molesting children, that's an issue. If they don't like ice cream, well, I'd say there's something wrong with them, but it's not really relevant to being a teacher. What about if they like to dress up like a railroad engineer and make "choo-choo" noises when they have sex? Okay, weird, but still not relevant, really. What if they've been divorced and remarried?

Tom Girsh has been a teacher at Columbus High School in Waterloo, Iowa for 32 years, including 28 years as the school's football coach. Now, however, he is out of a job. His lawyer has filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to prevent the Cedar Valley Catholic Schools and the Archdiocese of Dubuque from forcing him to resign and suing for breach of contract. The reason he's being ousted? He got divorced and remarried without getting the first marriage annulled. The school board seemed willing to let him continue teaching, but the archdiocese stepped in and on Monday the board accepted his resignation.

Now, I understand this is a private, religious school and they are free to set any requirements the feel necessary, but it seems to me that if you have a teacher that's been doing a good job for more than three decades, you'd value their abilities and contributions to the school more than who they are or are not married to. Which brings me back to my original question -- how much of a teacher's personal life would you want your kids' school to care about?

Thanks to LS for the tip!

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.