where are all the male teachers?
Many of these kids have lived their entire life around women. Dad is not in the picture. They go to school where teachers are women and often the principal, as well. Men and women have different communication styles and are going to be perceived differently after a student has been immersed in the femenized world of elementary school. One time and one time only, I called a female student "sweetheart.' The following day I faced the charges from my principal and then had to meet with the parent before he took his daughter out of the class. "But the female teachers here use the term all the time, I protested." It didn't matter.