15 December 2008

The Ugly Side of Facebook?

As more and more educators are using social networking sites, there are more and more opportunities for commentary missteps. The Charlotte Observer recently reported that several area teachers had been fired or were being investigated for inappropriate comments on their Facebook pages. While it sounds as though some of the comments and/or photos may have been less than tasteful, I have to wonder about what this kind of action is doing to teachers' right to free speech.

I am concerned that before too long teachers will get fired or put on leave for criticizing ineffective policies in their schools or districts. Shouldn't we be able to start a dialog, in public if necessary, about what is and is not working for our students? I am convinced that if we continue to keep quiet about our concerns there won't be much change.