It’s Darwinian, really: put a trap in place that only the most stupid will fall into. Complaining about the children you are teaching on Facebook probably falls into this category.
A teacher at the Paterson School in the US did just this, and found herself asked to leave after parents saw her comments and demanded their kids were removed from the teacher’s class.
The teacher was suspended “because the incident created serious problems at the school that impeded the functioning of the building”, said Board of Education president Theodore Best. That’s one way of putting it.
This is not the first time this has happened though; a teacher in Philadelphia got marching orders after calling the kids “disengaged, lazy whiners”, and a Chicago teacher discovered the hard way why you should not write negative comments about a student’s Facebook pictures.
The fact these teachers needed to be told to stop means the kids are probably better off without them. We want our kids taught by people who are at least clever enough to set up an anonymous blog for this sort of thing, right?