is it lawful for a teacher to accept gifts from students as a favor?

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  • 5 months ago

    There's no law about this. There may be school policies. Most people give gifts to their child's elementary school teacher- a Starbuck's gift card, or bubble bath, for example. The gifts are too small to be considered bribes. Teachers may not be allowed to accept expensive gifts. If a teacher has been particularly helpful to a student- writing letters of recommendation, etc. and the students wants to give a small thank you gift, there would be nothing wrong with that.

  • 5 months ago

    It can be dodgy territory.

    If it's almost Christmas break, and the kids want to give the teacher a present, then generally that's ok. That does happen. But in general, teachers and students should not be exchanging gifts, it can undermine the purpose of the classroom to teach things. Usually the school Principal has to keep an eye on things like that, and use their discretion as appropriate.

    Sometimes teachers will offer a prize to a student who gets the highest test scores or wins a friendly competition, and that sort of thing can be ok, and serve as a valid incentive, but that sort of incentive should only be used very rarely by a good teacher, in my opinion... as someone who did that for a while.

  • 5 months ago

    This was in Catholic grammar last century, teachers were allowed to accept gifts. It may have changed since then.

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