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Be less social, teachers told | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 67 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Sep 20, 2010, titled Be less social, teachers told | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

It used to be that the biggest peek students got into their teachers' out-of-school life was bumping into them at the mall.

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OEA at it again

Lancaster, OH

#1 Sep 20, 2010
Thanks for standing up for the rights of teachers OEA. Oh, wait I must have been confusing you with an organization that protected it's members. Worst union ever! Seriously they told members: "Unfortunately, school employees do not have the same free-speech rights as the general public,"! Way to step up for the constitutional rights of your dues paying membership. OEA should be indicted on criminal conspiracy charges.
CAUTION

Lancaster, OH

#2 Sep 20, 2010
CAUTION CAUTION CAUTION:

"it's wise for teachers to be careful about where they're seen and who they're seen with"

Forget about everyone else, it's those pesky teachers.

Oh and just so everyone knows. Ohio is a one party recording state. This means people can record conversations without informing the other party. Teachers beware....parents can and do send kids into the classroom to record conversations on digital media. Don't worry though, they will never be held as leverage, chopped up and edited, or otherwise used to manipulate staff and districts (cough cough, wink wink).
HSOK

Delaware, OH

#3 Sep 20, 2010
I totally agree teacher''s now days must be careful mainly on facebook and what where they are because of digal ,video cell phones , how ever I feel they should be able to live a normal life out side the class room and school as any other adult as long as they absolutely no connection what so ever with a student prior or present under the age of 21 .

I'm like this if Mr. Smith my history teacher in high school say I'm a junior and I happen 5 years down the line end up in a relationship with him , it is nobody's business , but some parents see it unexceptable because they believe this teacher student should always be student teacher relationship > actually it's no body's noisy busy body 's business , it's just a perverted mind . Parents and old foggies on the board as long as it is 2 adults concenting to a situation mind your own trouble making business > that's the bottom line !
my town too

Washington Court House, OH

#4 Sep 20, 2010
It saddens me to see teachers balk at being held in positions of great respect.
They want to be "able to live a normal life out side the class room and school as any other adult" - then get a job where you are not a role model. If you want to be paid as a profssional and treated like a professional then act like one.
Sadly, professionals used to treasure their status.
TimH

Columbus, OH

#5 Sep 20, 2010
My sister is a teacher with the Catholic schools. Officially, she is not allow to have a FB page, but keeps it locked down to friends only and doesn't friend students. I think its ridiculous. She is a person and should be allowed to communicate.
marian

Dublin, OH

#6 Sep 20, 2010
Hey, Teach: You want to be treated professionally? Act professional. Stop acting as immature as the kids you associate with in the government schools. Most of you are cases of arrested development as it is.
Anonymous

Delaware, OH

#7 Sep 20, 2010
There are a lot of people just looking for an angle to get rich off the taxpayers' dime. They will use digital media to trap a teacher. They've done it before, and they'll continue to do it. Teaching used to be an honourable profession. Nowadays, it's a well-paying job with lots of strings attached. It's not worth it. Kids will not pay attention in class. They sass back to the teacher, etc. And they get away with it. The good teachers all quit or retired. The rest of them are just there for a good-paying job. Naturally, there are exceptions, but the are few. And some are perverted to the point of incorrigibility. But this is what happens when parents are forbidden from spanking their children when they act up. The public schools have become government indoctrination centers. Instead of infusing knowledge, test scores have become more important. Instead of sexual responsibility, perversion has become almost normal. And the sex-offender registries have become a big joke. It's now seen by some (mostly women) as a place to find a potential date. I don't think that is what was intended, but when the government creates a problem, everyone knows it. Then the government comes up with a "brilliant" solution. And it then becomes worse than the original problem. God help us.

Since: Jun 10

Columbus, OH

#8 Sep 20, 2010
"'Anywhere (teachers) go, any time of the day, they almost have to be on their best behavior,' Chambers said."

Holy Cow! What kind of crazy talk is this? Next thing you know everyone should act respectable. Oh the horror.

But seriously, it is rather telling of our society when a union and employers have to tell people how to behave. Even scarier that this has to be told to the people teaching our children.
Right

Circleville, OH

#9 Sep 20, 2010
Everyone wants someone else to be a role model for their kids. Teachers are there to teach material and work ethics, not to raise your kids.
If you want teachers to take behave as professionals, treat and pay them as professionals not as baby-sitters. Teachers would love to be treated professionally.
otis

Columbus, OH

#10 Sep 20, 2010
As the story notes, teachers need to use common sense.

You use your real name and note that the people in your community are 'snooty and snobby'.

duh others are going to see and this, and the toungue start wagging.
Wrong

Circleville, OH

#11 Sep 20, 2010
No one is arguing teachers, or anyone should behave illegally or immorally. The problem is that without acting illegally teachers get in trouble.
Get Real

Norwich, OH

#12 Sep 20, 2010
Teachers have always been held to a higher standard. That is taught from day one. However, teachers are humans, too, contrary to what many believe. Some are bound to make poor judgements at some point. But if it doesn't injury anyone else or cause harm, then it should be a learning experience.

Let's also hold parents to a higher standard. Parents that raise kids ready to learn in the classroom result in successful students and schools. Parents who haven't progressed beyond the social maturity of a teenager are a real problem, not facebook.
amber

Columbus, OH

#13 Sep 20, 2010
Teachers should keep their profiles private and not accept friend requests from students. Problem solved.
annie mousse

Bellefontaine, OH

#14 Sep 20, 2010
anyone posting their real name anywhere online needs a reality check. bet none of you check your firewall logs either to see what big brother's been doing either.
common sense

Columbus, OH

#15 Sep 20, 2010
Do they or don't they work with IMPRESSIONABLE young people?
If the answer is yes, be professional. What in the hell happened to basic "know how" to be professional?
Does anyone understand anything without a law or a policy? People show their ignorance everyday...
Jackson

Warrenton, VA

#16 Sep 20, 2010
Where are the parents who should be watching what their MINORS are doing? They definitely are NOT doing their jobs of monitoring their children.

Put the blame where MOST of it belongs -- on the parents of the delinquents.
That Guy

Toledo, OH

#17 Sep 20, 2010
It's not just teachers. Everybody faces potential consequences for their social activities. You have to be careful. As a teacher, it's in your best interest to keep your facebook/twitter information private. Letting students gain too much insight into your personal life empowers them and undermines your authority.

That's not to say a teacher shouldn't be on Facebook, just set your profile to private.
Hey

Columbus, OH

#18 Sep 20, 2010
Anonymous wrote:
There are a lot of people just looking for an angle to get rich off the taxpayers' dime. They will use digital media to trap a teacher. They've done it before, and they'll continue to do it. Teaching used to be an honourable profession. Nowadays, it's a well-paying job with lots of strings attached. It's not worth it. Kids will not pay attention in class. They sass back to the teacher, etc. And they get away with it. The good teachers all quit or retired. The rest of them are just there for a good-paying job. Naturally, there are exceptions, but the are few. And some are perverted to the point of incorrigibility. But this is what happens when parents are forbidden from spanking their children when they act up. The public schools have become government indoctrination centers. Instead of infusing knowledge, test scores have become more important. Instead of sexual responsibility, perversion has become almost normal. And the sex-offender registries have become a big joke. It's now seen by some (mostly women) as a place to find a potential date. I don't think that is what was intended, but when the government creates a problem, everyone knows it. Then the government comes up with a "brilliant" solution. And it then becomes worse than the original problem. God help us.
Parents are NOT forbidden to spank their children, they are forbidden to ABUSE them!!! You can spank your child on the arse, which is the only place any child should be spanked, if you feel it is necessary to do that!!! I use to work as a clerk of court and it is not abuse to spank on the arse and as long as you do not leave a welt! The problem is the parents, no one wants to spank their kids because they are never going to treat their innocent little BRATS the way their parent treated them!!! Parents use be comfortable with spanking, sending you to your room without television, use of the phone etc., now days the parents let the kids rule the home and make the rules!!! I had a now ex-step who acted the same way and I left if father because my own two children had something called RESPECT and I would not allow such disrespect in my home. My children are both college educated and have wonderful careers....my ex step son....doper, alcholic, cocaine loser!!!! Oh and guess what people?? I only had to spank my son one time when he was 7 and my daughter one time when she was 6...both on the ARSE!!! I NEVER had to raise my hand to my children ever again, they KNEW I was the boss and what I said was golden!!!! Spanking is not abuse, it becomes abuse when you strike beyone the ARSE and you leave welts, bruises or more!!!! Get with you worthless excuses called parents, you aren't parents, you are puppets being played by your worthless, loser kids and the rest of society who has you brainwashed into believing you cannot spank your children. Go talk to any police officer, social worker, or court system....A whack or two on the ARSE is NOT abuse!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Jun 10

Canal Winchester, OH

#19 Sep 20, 2010
There is a clear directive.
There is so much work necessary to self-police your account that it isn't worth it.
You can't control other's postings in your absence. You have to take the time to review everything you post for the "politically incompetent" look. It just takes time that would be better spent on more productive work.
zazu

Dublin, OH

#20 Sep 20, 2010
It would be wise for everybody to avoid being involved in things like Facebook. The right questions are not being asked. Why would anybody put his picture and personal information out on the world wide web to be used by anybody else for any reason? Is it Ego that causes people to do this? Millions of people are so moronic that they expose themselves for no good reason. Don't they know governments of the world are collecting information on as many citizens as they can? Such fools these mortals be.

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