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10/16/09

ranty rant mcranterston.

Fun note: I went to publish a bunch of comments, and accidentally deleted them instead. So if your comment wasn't published, don't take it personally, I'm just incapable today.

I am rendered incapacitated by rage.

Observe:

There was a faculty meeting this week in which the principal had to remind teachers about appropriate facebook behavior. Apparently, we needed to be reminded to

1. Not accept friend requests from students.

2. Not SEND friend requests TO students.


I am disgusted that this is actually an issue. Are you kidding me? Oh wait. My former mentor teacher did that all the time.................

Also on the agenda, a reminder to not post pictures of your students on the internet*, and to refrain from asking students for their cell-phone numbers, or giving out yours. If you need to contact the MINORS** you teach, you can reach them via THEIR PARENTS AND LEGAL GUARDIANS.


By the end of all this, I was ashamed for humanity, and teachers in general. REALLY GUYS, REALLY?





* That includes posting photos of your students on your "personal blog," you morons. Nothing enrages me like seeing a blog where some 20-something 1st grade teacher has posted a slew of photos of her students. LOOK AT MY CUTE 1ST GRADERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Inevitably, these people will also post photos of their school, or mention what school they work at in their profile.

Why don't you just look up all the sex offenders in your area, and invite them to your first grade class? Because when you post photos of kids who are not yours on the internet, and provide information on where they will be everyday, that is basically what you are doing.


**I think young teachers of teenagers forget that their students are MINORS and not potential "friends." You don't need their number, they don't need yours. Even if you are the cheer coach................Just call Mom or Dad.


I fully expect that the next faculty meeting will cover other important and apparently not obvious facts like Breathing: Yes, It is Still Necessary, and, Clothing in Public Places: Why Pants are Always a Good Idea.




I'm going to go weep for humanity now...........

19 comments:

Little Fish said...

One of my favorite conversations I've ever overheard by two people I sort of knew.

Guy: The high school kids I teach think I'm the cool teacher and they invite me to the parties they have when their parents go away.

Girl: Do you go?

Guy: Of course not, I call the police, but these kids still haven't figured out that I'm the one turning them in.

Girl: You turn them in for partying? Come on, we partied all the time in high school, they're just doing what we used to do!

Guy: Yeah, but we weren't dumb enough to tell our teachers.

lindsey said...

What about adding former students as your friend on Facebook? Still weird? Or okay?

Stephanie said...

thats an interesting question lindsey.

i think it would be okay to have former students on fb if they have graduated, therefore making the transition from student to person-you-know.

so i wouldn't be adding my former sophmores who are now juniors, because i still interact with them at school in a teacher-to-student environment.

amanda said...

i met a middle-aged female high school teacher this past summer who says that she doesn't add her students on facebook but if they add her she always accepts because it's up to them...

what????

and we wonder why there seems to be a new teacher goes sex offender on the news every week.

b. said...

How 'bout this?
I received the following text on our "house" cell phone (we have ONE that the family shares):

"...hi, went to the dr. today, turns out out I'm pregnant. Just thought I'd let you know. May explain my crazy emotions lately. But maybe not. ;)..."

It was from my son's teacher/student council advisor.

Lauren said...

I couldn't agree with you more. I am a late-20's middle school teacher and current & former students have tried to add me on Facebook. I always decline then explain why in person.
And on a side note, not sure HOW ON THIS GREEN EARTH any teacher, old or young, feels OK about getting kinky with students. Makes me want to hurl.

The Boob Nazi said...

Ummm.... the cheer coach totally needs the phone numbers. Just saying! You had to call each other for the most random and stupid things all the time. If she'd called my mom, I would've been so irritated. (As would my mother.)

Stephanie said...

sure, it would be irritating. until your cheerleader accidentally sends you the naked photo of herself, that she meant to send to her boyfriend.

and then you are held liable for any damage, because why did you have her number anyway?

happened just last week @school.

stewbert said...

I completely agree with you, which is why, as a parent, I keep things anonymous on my blog. no real names, no places, etc. And why I yelled at my niece for putting my daughter's entire name on her blog, my niece's own address and phone number on her FB page (which wasn't private), and various other teen stupidities.

Little fish, that is my favorite conversation I've ever read. lol

b. I'd be a bit worried about why the teacher felt the need to text that information to your son. :/

BN, I can see your point, but I see Stephanie's, too.

Melinda said...

This is an interesting one. I have a few select former students who are my fb friends, but they're real people at this point, not my students - as in been out of hs for a few years and well beyond. However in one of those stupid quizzes one of the younger ones found out he's going to marry me. Um, awkward? (I laughed and told him I was old enough to be his mother. Eww!)

Brooke said...

Disturbing. My little brother's teacher just put a picture of him up on a classroom blog (which isn't private and lists not only the school they attend but the fact they are the life skills or special ed class) despite the fact that my mom repeatedly asked her not to identify him on the Internet and marked the consent form from the school for posting pictures 'no.' I'm all for classroom blogs ... I think they can do good things to connect with students and parents outside of the classroom. But ignoring consent forms and making the blog public for all the world to see is inappropriate.

Brooke said...

Disturbing. My little brother's teacher just put a picture of him up on a classroom blog (which isn't private and lists not only the school they attend but the fact they are the life skills or special ed class) despite the fact that my mom repeatedly asked her not to identify him on the Internet and marked the consent form from the school for posting pictures 'no.' I'm all for classroom blogs ... I think they can do good things to connect with students and parents outside of the classroom. But ignoring consent forms and making the blog public for all the world to see is inappropriate.

Sarah said...

I am totally with you here. It's not only stupid but really really really disgusting. Really. I am floored by the nastiness. And then, when one of the stories happened to feature two teacher MY AGE in my town, I thought I would die.

Mrs. Clark said...

Having gotten three kids through some 19 years of public school, I understand perfectly why the administrators would say that. While they're at it, they might add:

Ladies, watch the fit of your low-cut sweaters and the height of your skirts. Men, ripped jeans and a t-shirt do not a professional appearance make. Sweatshirts belong only on the P.E. teachers. Guys, Bermuda shorts do not go with short-sleeved "dress" shirts and ties. Your underwear should do its job, and not show through your outer clothes.

Sheesh.

The Boob Nazi said...

Hmm, we never had incidents like that. I guess we didn't have skanky whores on my team.... HAHAHAHA we totally did. I couldn't even take myself seriously after that.
We would never have been able to work without having her phone number. And if someone had taken a nake picture of herself, and our coach would've gotten it, I'm pretty sure she would have talked to the girl but not brought it up to administration. She was cool like that. But I did hate her and still do hate her. Bitch not choosing me for captain.
I guess we'll just agree to disagree, okay? Like health care.

Sue said...

I have nothing to add to the conversation. I just seem to feel the need to write something rather pandering and blathery in your comment section every couple of weeks or so. BECAUSE I LOVE YOU.

"Why Pants are Always a Good Idea."

LOVE.

Rynell said...

Holy crap. That is insane. I have a short fuse when it comes to stupidity. I would have flipped out.

Little Lovables said...

oh gosh, former my cheer coach flirted with our boyfriends...

they would come to her house before school, bring her donuts and coffee... spend the afternoons at her house on weekends...

weird and totally gross

Chloe said...

I have to agree with sue on this one...I really enjoyed the pants comment.