Sunday, October 16, 2011

More teachers disciplined for ranting against their students on Facebook

The Huffington Post is reporting today (on AOL) on a number of teachers who are getting in trouble and getting disciplined for making comments about their students on Facebook.

Here’s a story about a special education teacher in Alabama mocking his students on the social networking site (video included), link

In New Jersey, another special education teacher is under investigation for particularly scathing comments about a gay and transgender display at her school.  Garden State Equality has a PDF (website url  link) that includes her comments, about six pages into the document (a long comment).

It’s not immediately clear if these comments had been marked “public” or only for “friends”, but the practical results seem to be the same regardless.

And in Brooklyn, NYC, a teacher vented against her fifth grade students after a beach tragedy, and may be fired. (Not sure of the NYC “rubber room” reported by John Stossel can “save” here.) Here’s the New York Post link by Susan Edleman, link

Again, Facebook is viewed by many people more as “conversation” than “publication”.  But even back in the 50s, unkind comments by teachers sometimes could get around. This whole story certainly fits into the debate on bullying in school. Teachers are doing it.

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