Miguel Guhlin has once again pushed my thinking. This time its about the issue of personal content that K-12 teachers post online. I’ve spent a lot of time researching, thinking about and discussing this topic, but it struck me that this issue is actually a lot hairier than I’ve previously realized. There are a lot of different aspects that need to be considered.
Here are a few points from Miguel’s post. I encourage you to consider each question twice asking yourself Do.. the first time and Should… the second time.
- Do/Should school districts have any say about what a teacher does after hours?
- Do/Should school districts have any say about what a teacher posts online?
- Do/Should teachers represent the district after hours?
Rather than commenting on the discussion at this point, I hope to further it by asking a few more questions.
- Do/Should schools districts have any say about what staff members (Secretary, custodian, cafeteria staff, bus driver, mechanic, maintenance, etc.) do after hours? Post online?
- Do/Should parents and the community have any say in these matters?
- How does this translate to higher education?
- If the answers to these questions are “yes” then is the same true for individuals in other professions (Nurse, news reporter, radio DJ, police officer, elected official, unelected government employee, or store clerk)?