Families & the Community

Should Teachers Be On Call?

By Anthony Rebora — October 04, 2010 1 min read

Ms. Cornelius objects strongly to the idea that dedicated teachers need to provide their cell phone numbers to parents:

I will work my butt off for you during the school day and for an hour thereafter. I am available every day after school and I have a class website. But when I do leave school, I am now on family and personal time. You have no right to my cell phone number or to my personal email. You can already reach me during the work day. And that doesn't mean that I don't care deeply about my students. But I refuse to just go along with the current conundrum facing the American worker over productivity. I am extremely productive during the day. But I am just as certain that that productivity entitles me to some time on my own during the time I am not on the clock.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.