WASHINGTON, D.C. – There are some teachers who spend their nights grading papers, creating lesson plans, and preparing for the next day of classes.
And then there are teachers who spend their nights in a different way – being so-called “sugar babies.”
SeekingArrangement.com, a dating site for “mutually-beneficial relationships” almost exclusively between older men and younger women, recently reported that about 40,000 public school teachers have joined the site as “sugar babies,” according to a story from the Huffington Post.
The “successful and generous” sugar daddies affiliated with the website provide pre-determined allowances to “attractive, ambitious and goal oriented” sugar babies, in exchange for their companionship, the newspaper reported.
These “allowances” range from luxurious vacations and gifts, to the “daddies” paying off bills and providing credit cards, checks and cash.
The website recently announced an “influx of teachers signing up last month, prior to heading back to school,” the story notes.
Site statistics report that most of the “teacher sugar babies” currently teach in the Philadelphia school district. Other districts with high numbers of participants are Miami-Dade, Los Angeles and New York.
SeekingArrangement.com CEO Brandon Wade believes that teachers have joined the website as a way to earn extra income.
The average teacher on the site reportedly asks for about $3,000 a month from her sugar daddy, according to the story.
“They can’t possibly be judged for whatever extracurricular activities they choose to pursue to stay afloat,” Wade said.
Wade has a point, to an extent.
In America, what teachers do after work is their own business, as long as it’s legal (we can’t stress that part enough), does not affect their classroom performance or their students, and does not have a negative impact on their schools’ reputation.
However, as teachers, they also have a moral and ethical duty to serve as role models for their students.
This is a responsibility that follows them in and out of the classroom, before and after the school bell rings.