What She Wore: Brown dress with cap sleeves and crocheted detail around the v-neck and empire waist, brown strappy sandals with a wedge heel. I have a picture I took of this last year, so I’ll put that up. In reality, my feet are a bit puffier these days.
A woman in Pennsylvania was recently denied her teaching license and the University she attends awarded her a degree in English rather than an education.
A picture on Myspace that showed her wearing a pirate hat and drinking out of plastic cup. The picture was labeled "drunken Pirate."
I do think that labelling the picture that way was in the best taste. I, myself, am always conscience of the fact that a student may stumble upon something I’ve put on the internet. I TRY to do my best. I do not think that this woman should have been denied her teaching license. At a time when teachers are scarce, it seems that there’s a witch hunt to get as many of them out of the profession as possible. Despite a rigorous education and evaluation procedure for certification, people still want to blame teachers for so many of the world’s ills. I’ve had people say to me accusingly, "aren’t you supposed to be a teacher?" when I tell them I’m bad at Geography. I don’t teach Geography, I’m not certified in it, but for some reason I’m supposed to know everything about everything because I teach. It’s not just individuals either. I’ve blogged before about how politicians think the answer to fixing schools should be using standardized test score. Basically, they want to cure the ills of poverty by threatening teachers.
Now, it seems that teachers should also be held to an increased moral standard. This woman broke no laws, and yet she is denied her license for "encouraging under-age drinking." Clearly, the morals of others influenced this decision. Whether this woman chooses to drink or not is her own business–she behaved in a legal manner, and I think the punishment is entirely too harsh. She made a poor choice, but she didn’t serve alcohol to minors or encourage them to drink it. I think a reprimand and being asked to take the picture down would handle most of the problem.
Feel free to disagree with me–I just think the pedestal is getting a little high these days.