So the infamous letter that I spoke about a while back, has come forth. This letter has been written by the First Presidency stating that men should not teach alone in Primary, or cubs, scouts or youth. They said the men can teach only if they are two deep. They also stated that in smaller wards where it is not possible to have 2 men then our choices are:
- husband and wife team
- windows put in doors
- member of presidency has to do constant checks on teacher
- classroom door to remain open
As a Primary president I have to shake my head in regards to this. I realize that this is safeguarding not only all children but all teachers as well. BUT………on the other hand, our lone male teacher already teaches a combined class of 10 9-10 year olds, 8 of which are boys and must be peeled off the walls most Sundays. He has been the only one that has had staying power in a never ending revolving door for that particular class. The children love him, respect him and they are LEARNING which to me is a bonus. I have already been told we have no more men to be given a calling to teach with him. His wife was just called as Nursery Leader Assistant for a Nursery that has 8 children and 3 more 18 month olds coming in the next 2 months so that option is closed.
We can not put windows in the doors, the doors can not be left open as they are those solid doors on automatic swing so will shut anyways. When the children are in class time, another ward is getting out of Sacrament and that hallway is a major one with heavy traffic. The children would be completely distracted.
I am not happy to have to pop in to “check up” on him as anyone that has ever been a teacher will know that any distraction from the teaching makes it very difficult to get the children back on track. And I firmly believe if I am going to do that with his class then it will be done for ALL classes. I will not treat this lone teacher any different.
We have our Ward Conference on the 23rd and I guess I have to decide what I am going to tell the SPP how I am going to follow this new policy or if I am even going to.