Should teachers be allowed to text their students, or friend them on Facebook? The State of Virginia doesn’t think so, and they’re working on legislation to make sure it doesn’t happen. The policy, named “Proposed Guidelines for the Prevention of Sexual Misconduct & Abuse in Virginia Public Schools,” addresses a number of areas in which school board employees interact and communicate with students. This will hopefully cut down on the number of sexual harassment charges filed against educators.
Many teachers are angry over this proposition, and are wondering why electronic communication is being singled out. They feel (rightly so, in my humble opinion) that ALL interaction between the staff and students should be held to the same level of professionalism… whether it’s done electronically or face-to-face.
What are your thoughts? Is Virginia going a bit too far in their quest to curb problems? Are they on the right track?
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