The influence of Andrew Tate on young boys is a growing concern for many educators. As the popularity of Tate’s content continues to rise, teachers are trying to figure out how to respond.
Teachers have begun educating their students on how to use digital media responsibly. They are also teaching students how to recognize and filter false claims. Many schools have implemented special assemblies and lessons on sexual harassment. Others have offered personal social education lessons. One teacher posted on the Reddit r/teachers subreddit urging educators to be prepared to deal with the misogynistic messages that come from Tate’s content.
The teacher in the primary school said that children drawn to Tate are vulnerable. He said that some students are already as young as 11 or 12 and are listening to the misogynistic remarks. Moreover, Tate’s messages affect how boys view women. Some boys will refuse to participate in assignments that involve reading female authors.
According to the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle, staff have started discussing Tate’s presence in their PSHE classes. Staff also sent advice to parents. Several educators have also posted about the influence of Tate on young boys on the Reddit r/teachers.
One educator said that she has had a male student ask questions about rape. In a lesson on sexual consent, the boy quoted Tate. Moreover, he asked the class to list the family members of the victim of a rape. This was reported to the school’s safeguarding head.
In addition, the teacher pointed out that a young boy in her class was unwilling to treat his female classmates with respect. Moreover, a girl was attacked while out at night, and the boy responded by saying it was the woman’s fault. It is possible that the incident was fueled by the misogynistic remarks of Tate’s fans.
Teachers are concerned that the content that comes from Tate’s YouTube and Instagram videos is misogynistic and inflammatory. There are also allegations of human trafficking. However, Tate and his brother Tristan have denied these charges.
According to the Royal Grammar School’s staff, Tate has made a significant impact on their students. Among other things, Tate’s comments have caused young boys to reject reading female authors. Moreover, Tate’s rhetoric has created an “micro-aggression” toward female teachers.
A social media expert has said that Tate’s influence is a grooming on a large scale. He says that Tate’s videos on YouTube are a catalyst for the misogynistic sentiments of teenage boys. Furthermore, he suggests that teachers must speak to their students about the negative consequences of such videos.
Andrew Tate has millions of followers on Facebook, TikTok, and YouTube. His influence has increased over the last year. Nonetheless, there are still many educators who believe that Tate’s rhetoric and inflammatory messages have a negative impact on youth. Moreover, his comments about women have caused some to question the validity of his claims.
Despite the efforts of educators to educate young people on how to use digital media responsibly, the impact of Tate’s content is not going to be overshadowed. Rather, he will be replaced by others.