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.