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Opinion: How social networking rules for teachers go too far

Teachers are expected to do a lot of things in the classroom — but what about outside, asks the Washington Post. Here’s a look at that issue, by Angie Miller, the 2011 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year and a TED2012 speaker. She teaches middle school and is a freelance writer.

At school we went over our social networking guidelines. Besides the obvious — don’t be inappropriate with students through texting and Facebooking (which no teacher in their right mind would do) – we were further directed to “always think and write like an educator” (boring) and “never use a blog…to comment about your job duties” (like this?) and “never blog or write about extremely personal subjects” (is my homeless mother, whom I write about, extremely personal?)…

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