Monday, January 25, 2010

My Business Is My Business

I've posted about 8 zillion times about the private lives of teachers and students--what teachers or students do on their own time, as long as it doesn't interfere with school, is none of the school's business.

This teacher was suspended for one month for going to a wedding shower (a legal act) and being photographed in the same frame as a male stripper (also a legal act). It's not like she was doing anything with the stripper, which might also be a legal act--no, it's like she was in the background or off to the side.

Suspended without pay for one month.

12 comments:

Donalbain said...

Being a member of the Communist Party is a legal act.

Darren said...

So is being an idiot.

Donalbain said...

And yet you support the firing of a teacher for legal, indeed protected behaviour.

Darren said...

I'm not letting you hijack this thread on this topic, as you've endeavored to do so many times in the past.

EdD said...

Did this teacher belong to the local union? If so, her case is just another example of how poorly teachers' unions represent their members and protect their interests.

Doug said...

I am confused by Donal's line of thinking. When has Mr. ROTLC supported the firing of a teacher for a legal act? This teacher went to a party, plain and simple. Nothing she did was inappropriate in any way, and if the ACLU (as much as I dislike them) isn't on her side, then we have a problem.
EdD, she doesn't have to be a member of the union to have legal protection.

Darren said...

I support the California law that does not allow avowed communists or members of the Communist Party to be teachers. Donalbain sees some great inconsistency here, despite the fact that I've stated my rationale several times.

He uses the topic to stir the mud; I will not allow that to happen now.

Doug said...

I didn't know that was even a law! Most of the teachers in my district are clearly socialists, but probably registered Dem's. Thanks for that info...

larry said...

What would you say if the teacher was the stripper (a legal act) and it was filmed and put on YouTube (also legal)?

Darren said...

It's certainly a grayer area than what was presented in this post. It certainly speaks to less judgement than does going to a bridal shower.

I've often wondered what would happen if some teacher in a socially conservative area were spotted at a Gay Pride Parade. Would that be sufficient to fire the teacher?

larry said...

"It's certainly a grayer area...." Exactly. Just because something is legal doesn't mean that it is moral, ethical, shows good judgment, etc.

Darren said...

I can't imagine how attending a bridal shower would affect school. I can see how being a stripper *might* affect school.

So, what do you think of the Gay Pride Parade? What if the teacher rode on a float?