Should teachers be held to higher moral standards? A Massachusetts teacher is on paid administrative leave for starring in several pornographic movies. The teacher, Kevin Hogan was an English teacher, chair of the English Department and the coach of the crew team at the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden, one of the top rated schools in the country. This story has created a firestorm of controversy, mostly on whether a teacher's private life should be public.
The story was the result of a tip which led to a Fox Undercover investigation by Boston's Fox affiliate, Fox 25's investigative reporter Mike Beaudet. The story was the result of a tip from a Fox 25 viewer. While there are no details on whether the viewer has a child at the school, an interesting question arises: Why was he or she looking at gay pornographic movies in the first place?
Whenever a story such as this comes up there is always a lot of outrage from both sides. One side says that a teacher shouldn't engage in this type of conduct especially if there is a chance it could be seen by students, and the other side states if the teacher is a good teacher, it shouldn't matter what they do in their private life.
There is a bigger issue involved here and that is the general decline in morality in our society. It is obvious that there is a market for these films, if there weren't customers to buy them, they wouldn't be produced, after all this is still a capitalist, free-market economy. If the demand is out there, then there will be someone who will be willing to supply it. What is the difference between this and someone producing any other good for the market? Should anyone be stopped from earning money even if it's a way in which some may not agree with?
Again, why was the person who reported this looking at this pornography anyway? Does this person feel it is okay for him or her to buy one of these films but protect their children from it? Is this not a double standard? And again, if no one bought the stuff, it would not be produced.