Posts Tagged ‘Dating Teachers’

The following article was written by Lauren Romano for Shine from Yahoo! While it’s flattering to ddffdsmale teachers it’s not entirely correct in all cases, and by “not entirely” I mean “hardly ever.” I thought I’d let you read it, followed by my thoughts . . .

Every year around back-to-school time, I’m reminded of a teacher I used to date a couple of years ago. We just didn’t have that spark so we only went on a handful of dates, but he was a great guy and will someday make a woman very happy (if he hasn’t already). There are a lot of benefits to dating a teacher, so if there’s one you’re interested in, it’s time to step up your game and go for it!

Yeah, sometimes that “spark” is hard to find, Lauren, I get it. And sometimes when you do find it, you get your ass singed, blistered or sometimes incinerated. Otherwise I couldn’t agree more. Step up your game and go for it ladies! Listen to Lauren! Good Lord, I’m pathetic.

But on to the so-called benefits:

They get along with (almost) everyone!

When you’re a teacher, you have to get along with young kids, their parents, co-workers, board members and a variety of others. It’s a requirement that you’re a people person. When you date a teacher, he’ll likely get along with almost anyone in your life from your parents to your best friends.

Let’s see . . . kids, their parents, co-workers, board members and a variety of others. Well, one out of five ain’t bad, I guess. Let’s see, what group have I gotten along with consistently over my teaching career? Kids. End of list.

They like kids!

Considering they work with kids on a daily basis, most teachers you meet are going to get along well with kids. This means if you have children or want some one day, there’s a good chance your guy is going to be able to connect well with them.

Score! I do love kids of all ages, always have. They make me laugh. I can relate to them, quite possibly because I have the maturity level of an 11-year old.*

*One of my exes put that number at 6, but she had a skewed perspective. In fact, she was skewed period, so skew her. On a related note, I’m an awful person.

They have set hours and set vacation time!

One of the biggest benefits of being a teacher is that you know what your hours are and when your vacation days are going to be. Your guy will be off weekends, holidays and the entire summer which means you can make plans without worry. Although he’ll have to attend some school functions, grade papers and do lesson plans after work, he won’t be working on most nights.

Wait. Lesson plans and grading papers after work? Nah, I had 5th graders for that sort of menial labor. Relax, I’m kidding. Partly.

They believe in positive reinforcement!

It’ll be hard to find a teacher who will say to a student “You’re an idiot. Do it again.” Teachers believe in positive reinforcement so rather than your guy throwing insults at you, he’ll likely be your biggest cheerleader. It’s an incredible feeling when you know your guy supports you.

False. I think you can call kids anything you want as long as you do it the right way. Yes, I’ve called kids idiots, doofuses, morons, weirdos, dummies, and a million other names. They know I don’t mean it. Well, usually. And positive reinforcement, while a great thing, doesn’t always work. Sometimes you have to use negative reinforcement. Maybe even a physical threat now and then. Sometimes I even go the ridicule route. Belittling can also be effective. It really depends on the kid. You gotta be creative! Bottom line? If they know you love them you can say almost anything to them. They’re way tougher and more thick-skinned than you think.

They’re prepared for anything!

I’ve yet to meet a teacher who wasn’t prepared for anything. Tissues, pens, paper, bandages, the exact amount of change, safety pins – they always seem to have everything you need on them at all times. It may be a superficial reason to date a teacher, but it’s still a huge benefit to know that whatever you need, your guy will likely have it on him.

Nope. I am rarely prepared for any of these things. My female counterparts in the rooms surrounding me, however, are very prepared. I’m exceptionally good at saying, “Hey Leah, run over to Mrs. Dailey’s room and see if she has any (insert anything here).”  Somebody close by invariably has what we need.

They’re not selfish!

Teachers are some of the most unselfish people on the planet. Many will go out of their way for anyone, especially those they care about. If you date a teacher, there’s a good chance he’ll go out of his way to be there for you for whatever you need.

Yes, I am one of the most unselfish people on the planet. Couldn’t agree more. 100% accurate. You’re not going to ask any of the women I’ve had relationships with though, right? Right? Please don’t ask.

You can always learn something new!

It’s amazing how much teachers know about a variety of topics. As someone who loves constantly learning, I need to be with a guy from whom I can learn. Rarely have I had a conversation with a teacher where I didn’t learn something new. If you have a thirst for knowledge, a teacher may just be your ideal mate.

Hey, you read my blog. I’m a multi-dimensional, well-rounded, cultured man of the world. I have many friends in Belgium, The Philippines and the Caribbean. Plus, LeBron James hates me. Yes, I’ve been around. So could I probably teach you something new? Oh yes I could. Let’s leave it at that.

There are, of course, exceptions to the rule and some teachers aren’t so wonderful. However, should you decide to go for a teacher, he’ll likely come with many of the aforementioned benefits that can help make your relationship a success.

Whatever you say, Lauren. Whatever you say.


Originally published on August 10th, 2012.