Gagging teachers

Just a short post to ask a question – and hopefully get some answers!

What control do you think a school principal/management/BOT should have over whether a teacher is allowed to use twitter or blogger or other social networks to express their opinions on teaching, education etc.?

(This would be on well established personal accounts.)


3 thoughts on “Gagging teachers

  • August 12, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    This is a good question Joe.
    I think zero control. We are professionals and if we establish that the views are our own and not those of our employer than what we post is owned by us.
    I couldnt work for anyone who felt the need to control my blog post or tweets.

  • August 14, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    The NZEI are drawing up some guidelines. It will be interesting to see what they come up with but I’m with Melanie. I would take great exception to being censored but then I work on having a positive digital footprint.

    The behaviour of some ‘professionals’ leaves something to be desired and I have self censored some educational types by un-following their sharings.

    I expect better from teachers but sometimes I am disappointed.

  • August 17, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Your question reminds me of this… (And they wonder why so many staffrooms today are full of black clothing!)

    Totally agree with Mel and Allanah! But it is all about professionalism and the positive digital footprint that Allanah eludes to. My boss and board chair have regular thoughtful conversations and we respect each other when we disagree with the other’s views. We should be able to participate in social networks without feeling censored. However, it goes without saying, as teachers we need to role model the positive footprints as no doubt we will all be googled at some stage….

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