In 3-5 sentences, state your position as to whether or not instructors should be held liable for the deeds of their pupils once school is out. Argue with reference to history or without it—just stake out a clear position. For background, read the below :
“When Socrates was tried (399 B.C.), Athens was in a state of turmoil. The Peloponnesian War, fought between Sparta and Athens for the leadership of the Greek world, had ended only a few years earlier. This was a war that changed the way the world was seen by Athenian eyes. Athens was defeated. The Athenian Empire was traduced, the city garrisoned, democracy briefly forfeited. The Thirty Tyrants, oligarchs sponsored by Sparta, ruled a post-democratic polis.
“This chaotic situation created tension and drama. When democracy was restored in Athens, the wounds of war and oligarchy could not be expected to heal quickly. Socrates was associated with those who opposed Athenian democracy. Critias, one of the Thirty Tyrants, was Socrates’ disciple. So too was another: Charmides.”
–James Snell, 6/28/2020
Pupils of Socrates like Plato & Xenophon, as well as other intellectuals—near contemporaries who bore him no favor—agree that the charges put up against the old man were smokescreens to conceal his teaching anti-democratic figures in Athenian politics. As reactionaries, the Thirty had waged civil war and proscription to direct post-Peloponnesian War Athens away from empire-building, a policy wasting lives in fruitless war, one designed by democrats to plunder friends and foe alike, indeed one which now had earned the city a toxic reputation in the Greek world despite her brilliant cultural achievements.
While Plato writes that his old teacher did not draw definitive conclusions for his students, Xenophon writes that sometimes he did.