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Friday, November 16, 2007

Teachers' Facebook Pages Reveal They Don't Exist Only in Classrooms Afterall. First Graders Everywhere Shocked

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2007 at 6:52 AM

Anyone planning on going into the education field -- you know, where you have to, like, teach our youth and shape the future of our country and all that -- should probably already realize that posting naked photos of themselves on MySpace isn’t the brightest idea. But apparently there are still many Ohio educators on whom this simple logic is lost. That’s why, last month, the Ohio Education Association sent out a memo strongly discouraging teachers from using sites like Friendster and Facebook. "While this advice might seem extreme, the dangers of participating in these two sites outweigh the benefits," the union memo said. "Because of the high standards placed on school employees and the risk of job and career loss, the OEA recommends avoiding even the appearance of impropriety." The memo also warned that any employees found with inappropriate web pages could risk losing their jobs and having their licenses revoked. "Inappropriate" was not clearly defined, but we presume it to mean naked photos, discussion of drug or alcohol use, or listing Meet Joe Dirt among your favorite movies. Turns out that the memo was released on the heels of a massive Columbus Dispatch “investigation” into educator misconduct, in which the paper shockingly discovered that adults enjoy drinking, drugs, and sex.(Miss Anderson has sex? No way! That's nasty! In one salacious profile uncovered, a 31-year-old private school teacher confessed to “getting married, getting drunk, and smoking cigarettes.” In related news, my future career in teaching is officially dead. -- Denise Grollmus

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