What is expendable, what is critical? Sadly, education is not as critical as many of us would believe.
Teachers are left with gaping holes in their personal budgets, but credit must be given to those who are clever enough to find other ways to make money.
Being off for the entire summer might once have been looked on as a time for an extended vacation, but at least one teacher is putting the time to good use by taking on a second job.
Unfortunately for University of Georgia professor Max Roland Reinhart, the niche he thought needed filling is not one that can legally be filled.
Not to blame the man. He's a college professor, not a legal scholar. He's been living comfortably in his ivory tower for so long that he could not have known that offering sex acts for money is against the law.
Charging $120 per hour as a transsexual escort, the professor could have padded his income quite comfortably without having to put in an eight-hour day....or should that be night? Wouldn't you know, but it was an officer of the law who contacted Reinhart and agreed to meet at a Georgia motel. Once price was agreed, that was all it took to justify an arrest.
What disciplinary action will UGA impose? After all, they're all aware of how hard it is for college professors to make a living in this era of state budget cuts to education. Can they really fault the man for trying to pick up a little extra cash on his own time?
While he was working under the name "Sasha", but somehow it would be more fitting if he had called himself Lola Lola and agreed to meet his john at Der Blaue Engel. I mean, if you're a noted scholar of all things Goethe, shouldn't you market yourself with an eye on more modern aspects of German culture?
Funny how there's all this talk about the current economy being the worst since the Great Depression. Makes those movies from 1930 that much more pertinent to modern times, doesn't it?