Missouri teachers protest new Facebook law

Law limiting teacher-student online contact draws ire:

Recently the state of Missouri has enacted a set of laws to prevent teachers from entering into appropriate relationships with their students. One of those laws is that teachers could not privately communicate with students through Facebook or other social networking sites. Of course this has teachers outraged. Even the ACLU is getting involved.

Teachers say that this punishes all teachers for the sins of the criminal ones. You’ll have to forgive me for possibly being old-fashioned but I wouldn’t want a teacher contacting one of my children outside of school wherein the contact circumvents the parent.

If kids have a question about their school work where they need to contact their teacher outside of school it should be done through a school monitored website and not something like Facebook where a parent may not have any control.

  • Anonymous

    “…I wouldn’t want a teacher contacting one of my children outside of school wherein the contact circumvents the parent. If kids have a question about their school work where they need to contact their teacher outside of school it should be done through a school monitored website…”

    Agreed.  My daughter’s middle school has a school monitored website and I’m the one who contacts her teachers if we have any questions.  Student/teacher relationships which “circumvent the parent” are inappropriate.  Even at the college I work at we have a strict no student, no teacher facebook friend policy!!!!

    • http://gplus.to/trenchreynolds Trench Reynolds

      I think a lot of teachers have lost the ability to step outside of their profession to see how it is viewed by the general public.