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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Use some common sense & decency

So there's a news story making the rounds about a high school student who disparaged school administrators on her blog. This student called school officials a nasty name -- on her personal blog on her own time. Those school officials said, "You know what, you don't need to be class secretary any more."

The US Second Court of Appeals said the school was within its rights to do so.

Gotta say this makes sense to me. Class offices are (in my mind) completely at the discretion of the school. The school can dissolve the class offices altogether if they feel like it.

Similarly, when I was in high school, a teacher in my district almost lost his teaching certificate because he was publishing an underground newspaper that was critical of the school district. TEA considered yanking his certificate for insubordination. (He now writes about city council instead... I was going to post a link to the paper's website, but the first three stories have a photo of a topless woman and a picture of some animal's "output area"... and he was surprised when he was nailed with insubordination charges)

Just a head-up. Be nice. Be thoughtful in creating reasoned prose instead of resorting to name calling. And don't bite the hand that feeds you. If it's really that bad, don't take their money or class office.

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