School Board: Teacher’s Personal Web Site is Grounds For Dismissal

Staff, eSchool News, May 06, 2003
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Let me see if I understand this. Crude humour and scatological references are broadcast on network televsion on programs such as South Park. But when the same brand of material is placed on a teacher's website, this is grounds for firing? It's not clear that this is the case - administrators allege that there are unnamed "other" grounds. But it looks suspiciously like the case. There has always been a certain degree of scrutiny regarding the morality of teachers. In an online envrionemnt, though, this reaches a deeper, more pervasive level. At some point we need to ask where a teacher's employment ends and his or her privacy begins. But we don't weem to be at the point where we are able to ask such questions.
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