Topic: Leadership Issues
References to this article have popped up on Twitter, even ASCD's SmartBrief.
Apparently a reporter in Charlotte, NC turned up a number of Facebook pages maintained by people who identified themselves as being employees of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Nothing wrong with that, but these teachers used the Facebook pages to post derogatory remarks about their students and to discuss personal activities that were completely unprofessional.
How do we help educators and other adult members of the school community understand that Facebook, MySpace, and other social network sites are not private? How can we expect students to treat adults respectfully online when teachers post remarks like, “I'm feeling p---ed because I hate my students!”
I'd love to hear your ideas and specific strategies you've used to deal with this issue. It isn't going to go away...
BTW, one teacher has been recommended for firing and several others for disciplinary action as a result of the shenanigans in Charlotte.