Between gag orders on teachers and banning teachers from wearing "religious attire" in school, the First Amendment is being put to the test by school districts and state lawmakers.
Freedom of Speech
On the Confessions from the Couch blog, Miss A writes:
“I was informed today that teachers have a gag order from our Supe… Release of information about the district, its students or disparaging comments to the media will result in termination. I think this applies to Internet/blogging, too! Although, I found the following [are] our union site: Our contract “does not regulate teachers” speech.” Read more
There is a level of common sense about publishing disparaging remarks/complaints about your employer online. Just like it’s a bad idea to yell at your boss to his/her face, it is an equally unwise idea to rip your school or district a new one in a public forum.
I can also understand the district’s desire to handle their public image through PR professionals to send a single message. Let’s face it, sometimes people put their foot in their mouths despite their best intentions or exaggerate with less-than-admirable intentions.
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