Hi Alan -
I think we've had this conversation before, but I do think that staff is
staff and students are students, and that staff has a responsibility to
restrain themselves from initiating the education of students. I don't
think I'm saying that you should restrain yourself with friends under 20,
I'm saying that staff should restrain themselves in the school environment.
I think there's a big difference posting or walking around the school
saying you're going to do something or have a class in something (which
many SVS purists would have a problem with) and recommending a book or a
learning process or a class to a specific student out of the blue. When a
recommendation takes place in a conversation and is not a blatantly stark
recruitment, I don't see a problem with it.
I think a big factor is the intent of the recommendation, which I think
students are usually very quick to glean.