Friday, December 12, 2014

FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Instructors and Students Dating

IT'S FACE-OFF FRIDAY!

Today, I'd like to know what you think about instructors and teachers dating.

I do not mean children or teenagers - this is for adults, or rather, if done outside of the dojo, the relationship would be perfectly fine and legal and proper.

I know several couples who met, dated, and married having met in the martial arts.  And often, one of the people in that couple was the instructor.

But some folks think that the teacher/student relationship is one in which the teacher has more power in the relationship than is healthy, and can be used to negatively influence the student into doing things he or she might not want to do.  Also, should the relationship be known, it could be interpreted that the student dating the instructor doesn't have to work as hard as other students to excel or advance in rank.

In other educational environments, like colleges and universities, this relationship is frowned upon for those very reasons.

What do you think?

SHOULD INSTRUCTORS BE ALLOWED TO DATE STUDENTS?