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I Guess Twitter is Out Too

A school district in Mississippi really doesn’t want it’s teachers and students connecting with each other through social networks. Or IM. Or SMS.

The Lamar County School Board approved the staff policy against online communication and text messaging between teachers and students at its July 7 meeting.

He [district superintendent Ben Burnett] said the idea for the policy was addressed by School Board attorney Rick Norton after attending a conference earlier this year.

“The only intent is to limit the personal communication between teachers and students. We don’t need to let it cross the line between professional and personal communication.”

Ok, when it comes to teaching and learning, where exactly is that line between professional and personal communications?

Because when I was teaching, we must have crossed back and forth over it dozens of times every day, even without web 2.0 tools.

And that conference attended by the district lawyer? I’ll bet no one was blogging those sessions.

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3 Comments

  1. I love how you have a stupidity tag. Sad, but funny, and needed.

    I suppose this policy replaces having to do any proper conduct training?? That’s where I see it fitting. We encourage our teachers during new teacher training to keep their Facebook, etc., private so that students, parents, siblings, can’t just stumble across it without you knowing. But that’s also their personal Facebook, not one built to connect with students. What a horrible quote: “The only intent is to limit the personal communication between teachers and students.” That’s a district I would hate to send my kids to.

  2. This confirms my belief that we will see schools becoming farther apart in their approach to teaching and learning. While some districts understand and embrace the power of connectivity, others reject it. The divide continues.

  3. Tim

    While this kind of story is amusing, it is also a sad reflection of how far too many people see the teaching profession. We must keep the teacher on the podium dispensing knowledge (if not wisdom) and the students in their rows absorbing it, just as tradition dictates.

    We know from experience and research that people learn best by example. By extension, the best way to teach kids how to collaborate and communicate is to work with them on those skills. Which, of course, requires some “personal communications”.

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