And I would think a teacher would be conscious that his/her on line communications might be made available to students as well as colleagues, professional contacts, et al. Posting pictures of a drunken party or other scenes that could be in any way compromising and posting compromising or too familiar information in general is not a smart thing for anybody to do, and most certainly not wise for a teacher to do.
What on earth is "too familiar information?" If an act is not criminal, it should not be treated as criminal. In terms of familiarity, I think my college professor sharing his personal struggles with his wife cancer provided more "familiarity" in terms of student-teacher relationships than if I was to see a picture of him drinking a beer.
You WANT it to mean something it doesn't have to mean.
I think it's just another degeneration of polite socialization.
Or an enhancement. One of the things about facebook in terms of one on one parallel personal interaction between RL and FB is that (typically) the people you friend you meet in RL first. This means, your FB interaction with them shadows your RL interaction with them, not the reverse like it is common with forums like A2K (or social sites like dating sites etc) where I might meet someone I've been chatting with for years, only to find our interaction does not mirror (or is even an honest expression of) our web persona.
I am using FB right now in place of email to plan a trip to Miami for instance. I can message like email, but I can additionally create an event were all attendees can report back with info on hotels, flights, etc. We can also discuss the event on the wall and post pictures.
I like getting party invites on FB because the day after the party, I can go to the party event page and find all the attendees (and pictures if I didn't know last names for instance) and friend them for future social outings.
It strikes me as odd that anyone woud choose to publish
pictures of himself doing anything for which he can be held
to account, to his detriment, as I have read on this thread.
Perhaps there are other cultural divisions here too. I know I've stated my real name several times here on A2K. My avatar is a picture of me too. Maybe when the internet was frontier country and things seemed scarier, the appeal of anonymity was more powerful, but I think I'm pretty well representative of a newer web culture which desires a more congruent RL and web-persona.
Yes such teachers make the world a better place. They taught us how to think analytically and critcally and how to observe from all points of view. They instilled in us an appreciation for excellence--real excellence, not watered down approval so that nobody is left out--and they inspired us to reach for it as well as understanding the respect and authority that comes from real credentials that are earned, not awarded. They taught us that all things worth doing are difficult and may require time, effort, and patience, but also helped us to achieve goals that gave us self esteem in a way that only honorably achieving goals can do. They were superb role models and certainly inspired a lot of us to become teachers. There were so many of those kids who went on to achieve great successes in life. We're all scattered all over the place now, but the internet has allowed many of us to keep in touch all these years later. And also some of those old teachers who are still Mr. or Mrs. in our eyes--no first names for teachers for us.
There was no internet at that time, but had we seen them disheveled, drunk, or in any kind of compromising situation in a photo or otherwise, they would have lost much respect and authority in our eyes. We needed and got much better than that from them.
So test it out Fox. If I look up to a teacher, and then I see a picture of them drinking at a party, are they no longer a role model? Do I no longer strive to be successful?
What about a old world where you didn't know your teacher's first names, is superior? If seeing adults be adults evaporates authority, then the authority was an illusion. I happen to believe that the respect for someone which grants them authority comes from something greater than simply not knowing how they aren't perfect.
Also, this is a discussion that (like most topics at A2K) gravitates towards extremes. The truth is that there are people just waiting to pounce at the fall of a hat. The picture of a teacher doesn't have to have them covered in vomit with their genitalia exposed, it can be as simple as them casually smiling and holding a drink. It's ridiculous. So either there is something wrong with the teacher (who isn't doing anything criminal), or there's something wrong with those who insist on teachers being some dishonest image of human expression and morality.
If it's not criminal, don't treat it as such. You may not want teachers to do it, but I think you can tolerate it. Those extreme cases where there is a actual reason it could effect a teacher's job, then it can be addressed.
This isn't some dark expose' on the perverse lush underworld of schoolteachers.