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Survey Results: Witch, Wiccan or Pagan? ... How Good is YOUR Teacher ... Working with Groups ... A Religion or a Personal Belief ... Out of the Broom Closet ... Witchcraft in the Public Eye

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Survey Results: Just How Good are YOUR Teachers?
Many people are investigating the religions of Witchcraft, Wicca and other Neo-Pagan Paths today. There are many books and reference materials available, yet after some self study, there are some folks who would like to meet and perhaps work with a physical teacher. This can be a rewarding learning experience - or it could turn out to be your worst nightmare...

523 Witches, Wiccans or Pagans responded to the questions related to Teachers.

1. Do you think Pagan Teachers should be expected to show explicit concern about their students' emotional health and general welfare in addition to magickal study?

    Yes 68%358
    Sometimes 27%142
    Not Sure 3%15
    No 1%4
    n/a 1%4

2. Do you think Pagan Teachers should be expected to play a role similar to that of parents to their students?

    Sometimes 45%234
    No 41%214
    Yes 13%68
    Not Sure 5%25
    n/a 1%7

3. Do you think it is acceptable for Pagan students to express their own opinions and ask questions or to even to challenge their Teacher's teachings?

    Yes 89%463
    Sometimes 11%55
    Not Sure 1%3

4. Do you think that good Teachers should do all or most of the talking in class?

    No 61%317
    Sometimes 36%188
    Yes 1%7
    Not Sure 1%7
    n/a 1%4

5. Do you think that it is difficult to find a good Pagan Teacher?

    Yes 72%379
    Sometimes 13%66
    Not Sure 9%46
    n/a 3%17
    No 3%15

6. Do you believe that it is acceptable for Pagan Teachers to charge money for classes/instruction that may/will result in a degree or initiation into a magickal Tradition or Path?

    No 66%300
    Sometimes 21%99
    Yes 13%62

7. Do you believe that it is acceptable for Pagan Teachers to charge money for their teachings/ classes if they are informational or "topical" (such as herbalism, divination, healing techniques, etc)?

    Sometimes 44%212
    Yes 36%175
    No 20%95

8. Do you feel that the Coven, Family or Tradition Teacher is the best way to pass on the Wisdom?

    Sometimes 42%222
    Yes 21%111
    No 2%106
    Not Sure 14%71
    n/a 2%13

9. Have you ever left a group or organization because of a Pagan Teacher's actions or behaviors?

    n/a 38%200
    No 34%179
    Yes 27%142
    Not Sure0%1

10. Have you seen, experienced or read anything that you would consider to be an example of "bad" training or information?

    Yes 76%400
    No 13%66
    Not Sure 5%25
    n/a 4%20
    Sometimes 2%12

11. Do you feel that it is acceptable for a Teacher to have sexual relations with their students?

    No 46%241
    Sometimes 32%166
    Not Sure 13%69
    Yes 6%31
    n/a 3%16

12. Do you think that some Pagan Teachers treat their training more like a "business' than a spiritual calling to the community?

    Yes 62%322
    Sometimes 15%78
    n/a 8%44
    No 4%19
    Not Sure0%0

13. Do you believe that degrees, lineage or titles are a necessary part of your Tradition or Path?

    No 74%385
    Yes 11%56
    Sometimes 11%56
    Not Sure 3%15
    n/a 2%11

14. Do you believe that degrees, limeage and titles should be necessary for all Traditions or Paths for them to be considered as "valid"?

    No 92%482
    Sometimes 3%16
    Yes 2%11
    Not Sure 2%10
    n/a 1%4

15. Do you accept 'self initiation/dedication as a "valid" entrance into the Pagan community?

    Yes 87%454
    Sometimes 1%54
    No 1%7
    Not Sure 1%7

16. Do you think that a combination of "book learning" and personal magickal work (without a physical Teacher) is a sufficient background to be considered valid?

    Yes 61%321
    Sometimes 32%166
    No 4%21
    Not Sure 3%15

17. Do you consider the "solitary practioner" to be "valid"?

    Yes 93%489
    Sometimes 6%30
    No 1%3
    Not Sure0%1

18. Do you think that Pagan Teachers should be expected to uphold a higher standard of ethics or behaviors than the general Pagan community members?

    Yes 43%227
    No 33%171
    Sometimes 19%98
    Not Sure 5%24
    n/a 1%3

19. Are there any Pagan Teachers (either authors, trainers or those who you have seen/heard or worked with) that you consider "phonies"?

    Yes 61%320
    Not Sure 12%65
    No 11%59
    n/a 1%54
    Sometimes 5%25

20. Have you ever been "snubbed" or "looked down on" because you are either self-initiated, solitary or a member of a Tradition or Path that was considered by someone else to be "invalid"?

    Yes 41%216
    No 39%205
    n/a 1%52
    Not Sure 6%31
    Sometimes 4%19

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