The only protection a teacher has is a strong union; few have the money to fight the witch-hunts conducted by the religious fanatics among us.
The American people voted a long time ago to jettison basic rights like unions.
Enjoy the harvest.
Good luck, O Colleagues. The biology teachers will be first on the chopping block, then us with our “foreign ways”. Be prepared to have mandatory anti-alcohol messages planted in your Spanish curriculum and to have to teach that countries with nude beaches are sinful. We have turned our country over to these people.
If you have pictures of your naked two year old on your desk or computer, be prepared to have a prosecutor come after you; who could be more vulnerable than a teacher with no money for a lawyer, no union, and working in a pusillanimous school district?
Sent: Wednesday, November 04, 2009 8:25 AM
Subject: Re: Social network websites..
> We just had a good talking to by NEA lawyer because teachers are starting to
> lose licenses because of FB and emailing. For example, being in a photo with
> a glass of wine in your hand while children are present (like at a wedding)
> could get you fired. In fact, if you are at a wedding, or a party, and their
> is any underage drinking, you have to leave or be seen as condoning it. So
> we have been strongly advised to stay away from any student mingling
> whatsoever via social networking and to be extremely careful about what is
> on your own page. Don’t even look at their pages.
> Photos post high school are also up for grabs by anyone who posts them. So
> on someone else’s wall they could have you holding a beer and you could get
> fired. If I go to parties where students are present, I have to drink water.
> If you are at a restaurant and a student family walks in, hide your glass
> or leave. It’s getting ridiculous.
> I set up a wikispace for my students where I can control whatever is posted.
> It’s great because you also are notified of any changes whatsoever by others
> (if you allow them).
> Our conclusion? Teachers aren’t allowed to not be teachers ever in the USA.
>> I would be skittish about using Facebook because it really is a place for
>> the kids’ social life. I teach at a boarding school and kids show me things
>> on their pages. I cringe when I see some of the pictures or read some of
>> the posts on their wall. I wouldn’t want my class content mixed in with
>> that business.
>> On Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 4:45 PM,
>>> Out of curiousity, has anyone ever tried to use facebook, or another social
>>> network for their clases? I am really looking for a way to get my students
>>> interested in English, get them connected, etc. Our school already uses
>>> google groups, but they don’t check it unless I force them to. I want
>>> something that will draw them. Anyone ever tried it?