Education

No Tweets for Scottish Teachers

June 12, 2009 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

A Scottish teacher known for introducing technology into the classroom has gotten into trouble over posts she placed on Twitter, according to this story in The Guardian newspaper.

The teacher was reprimanded by the school council in Argyll and Bute, on the west coast of Scotland, for tweets suggesting that teaching certain students, including three boys with Asperger’s Syndrome, is hard work and “interesting.”

The council has since banned teachers in the district from posting messages on Twitter and Web blogs. The article doesn’t suggest that the students were identified, or that her comments criticized the students in any way.

Other teachers have come to her defense and protested the council’s censorship. “Is there a teacher out there who doesn’t find it hard work? And if they don’t, are they really doing it right?” one anonymous teacher wrote on this blog in response.

But a parent took issue with the teacher’s tweets, suggesting that her characterization of her work as “hard” was inappropriate, given that “she is paid a lot of money to do her job.”

The article raises the issue of free speech for teachers, and whether it is appropriate for them to express their opinion or blog or tweet about their work and students. This debate is not a new one, but may be more difficult to resolve when there are so many venues available for teachers to share their experiences and express their views.

Is it reasonable to put limits on teachers’ contributions to such discussions?

A version of this news article first appeared in the Digital Education blog.

Events

Special Education Webinar Reading, Dyslexia, and Equity: Best Practices for Addressing a Threefold Challenge
Learn about proven strategies for instruction and intervention that support students with dyslexia.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Personalized Learning Webinar
No Time to Waste: Individualized Instruction Will Drive Change
Targeted support and intervention can boost student achievement. Join us to explore tutoring’s role in accelerating the turnaround. 
Content provided by Varsity Tutors for Schools
Student Well-Being K-12 Essentials Forum Social-Emotional Learning: Making It Meaningful
Join us for this event with educators and experts on the damage the pandemic did to academic and social and emotional well-being.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: November 23, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: November 2, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: October 19, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: October 12, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read