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Should A Past Career in Porn Block You From Being a Teacher?

I firmly believe that anyone who works with children should be held to higher moral standards than the average person. In fact I believe that anyone who is in a position where they can be considered a role model at all, should also be held to a higher moral standard.

Teachers though should be held to the highest standard of all.

That being said, I don’t necessarily feel that a teacher should be judged on what they did before becoming a teacher (obviously assuming it was not violent criminal activity or anything). In fact I really don’t care what a teacher has done in his or past as long as the state required background test is cleared that person to teach. And that teacher is a good teacher of course.

I don’t care if a teacher did drugs, or was a bit wild in her younger years. As long as she outgrew those habits and is a wonderful teacher to my child today, that’s really all that matters to me

But what that teacher used to do porn? Yes, I said porn.

And before you ask why I would use porn as an example, let me tell you about a substitute teacher in Florida. Shawn Loftis was fired last year after it was revealed he used to do gay porn under the name Collin O’Neal. Administrators told him that he could not work in the school system for at least five years.

But surprisingly enough, they reconsidered. Loftis has been reinstated—and even invited to apply for a full-time teaching position by the Florida Education Commission. Loftis told L.A. Weekly that he’s “proud of his state” for reinstating him: “The key point is that they said when you go back to the classroom and a student brings this up to you, you will be able to handle that. I thought that was highly progressive of them.”

The state of Florida, like many states, has a “moral turpitude” rule for educators. This means teacher can be fired if they’re discovered doing something immoral. But Loftis pointed that most cases involve felonies: “There’s no debating whether you were convicted of using drugs or stole something. But there is debate on whether my past was illegal. It was not. Porn is not illegal.”

Now I’m certainly not saying that a teacher should be doing porn as their side job while teaching, ummm no. But as I said before, who am I to judge someone’s past? Especially if the choices and experiences that person has faced (for better or for worse) in their past has made them a better person and a better teacher. Loftis has even said he’d like to use his role as a teacher to help guide students away from making the choices he had made.

After I wrote the first part of this post I started poking around to see what other parents were saying about this story. I saw someone say that if a child can spend less than 10 seconds on the internet looking for a picture of his or her teacher having sex with two other people and find it, maybe that teacher shouldn’t be a teacher…

It took me less than ten seconds. And being I don’t usually surf the web for porn, I was shocked out how easy it was. My third grader could have found it had he known who he was looking for.

I imagined myself in middle school and high school finding out one of my teachers had been a porn star and wondered how long it would have taken me and my friends to give in to temptation and look him up…

Then I imagined how I would face that teacher the next day.

I guess it would depend on how good of a teacher he actually was. Because you know what, if he was a good teacher, it wouldn’t really matter.

I’d love to know what you guys think about this. Don’t we all deserve to make a better for life for ourselves? Or are some life choices just too permanent?

 

16 Responses to “Should A Past Career in Porn Block You From Being a Teacher?”

  1. Shari Lynn Alligood

    I' d have to agree with you I try not to judge people on their past but rather who they are & have become. We are all human & at some point have made a bad mistake or two yet we are who we are now because of what/who we were in our past. I'd like to think that if someone chose to leave what they had done in the past meant they had learned from their past choices, I'd hate to call him doing porn a mistake because he obviously has learned a lesson from it & it sounds as if he can first had try to lead his students aways from being put in the position to make that choice.

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  2. Betty Baez

    I think that although it may be a questionable life choice because face it or not not everyone agrees on how someone else chooses to live their life, but he deserves the second chance he was given, he didn't commit a crime and he isn't currently doing porn o I don't see a problem with it.

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    • aric

      i agree, they deserve a chance, but it doesn't exactly fit the bill for the type of person a school would want in the system. if i have control over who's hired, i want a wholesome person with an educated background. making the leap from porn to school doesn't seem right though.

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  3. Abby B.

    I believe in grace and being non judgemental. I think it's great that people get second chances in their lives and heaven knows that I myself have benefited from plenty of them. But I know that I would be irritated to all end if I found out my child's teacher was an ex porn star, and those in authority knew about it and didn't at least give me the option to put my kid in a different class. Not saying I would, it would depend on the teacher, but I'd sure as heck want to know about it.

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  4. Adrienne gordon

    I think people change and everyone deserves a second chance, unless you know why the person did what they did, it is hard to judge their actions.

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  5. Ashley

    In 2012, any one of the teachers could have pictures on the Internetor Facebook that are less than decent (flashing at Mardi Gras, bong hits in college, etc). Porn is certainly the extreme in this case, but I agree, if he is a good teacher and it is in his past, I think that we all deserve the chance to be upstanding citizens and continue to our community. Let's face it, there are plenty of horrible teachers who have done a shred of lude or exposing things in their time!

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  6. Jasmean

    I agree totally with you as long as they are good teachers and professional in school,it shouldn't matter.They should be judge by their teaching and character in class not by their past unless their past includes crimal history.I mean we have all done things that are not so great in our past too.Who's to say one is worst?

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  7. mechele johnson

    I believe that if a teacher had been in the Porn industry in the past, it has no affect whatsoever as to how they teach presently. They may be a fabulous teacher and someone whom our children look up to. They may be an asset to shaping the future of our children. Everyone has done something in the past they may not be proud of, but if we let it destroy our future than what would this world be like?

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  8. Bri

    Everyone should get a second chance. No one is perfect and we all have things in our pasts that are not good. As long as they have had no criminal activity or child porn background I think they should get a second chance. Look at how much grace God has extended to us. We are all sinners. The wages of sin is death. He has sent his son to die for us while we were still sinners…

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  9. Kritin Watson

    Yeah, being a teacher is a role model and a second Mother of our Children. I think schools are strictly checking the background of a person before going to his responsibility as a Teacher. pmp boot camp san antonio

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    • CelticsDraftee

      I wouldn't say a teacher is a second mother (especially if it's a man!), but I do agree they are role models as others have said as well.

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  10. Seth

    Yes, a career in porn should prevent you from teaching. Teachers are role models and are looked up to in a lot of cases. They should be helping groom students for careers and smart life choices.

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  11. Cynthia C

    I do believe in second chances, but people need to know there are consequences to their choices. When dealing with children, an abundance of caution is necessary and a past career in porn should be a red flag to anyone wishing to work anywhere around children, not just in education. If you've chosen work in the field of porn, look for work elsewhere.

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  12. Carol

    I believe in the concepts of redemption and forgiveness, although this teacher doesn't exactly sound contrite. However, if what he did was legal– and I assume he is no longer in that business–everyone deserves a second chance. However, if a teacher has ANY history of appearing in pornography involving minors, I wouldn't feel comfortable having him or her around my children.

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  13. loaferguy

    As long as the teacher's conduct in the classroom is professional, it shouldn't matter.

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