Autumn in the North Cemetery.

Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?

These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.

Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...

...seems to be working so far

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Students Are Students

Some things don't take a lot of thought, but some people don't do a lot of thinking so there is a disconnect.  Sometimes those people  deserve to be dope slapped.

Teachers that allow themselves to be found by their students on Facebook, and actually add the students to their friend list deserve that slap.

The line forms to the right.

Why?  Well, Facebook by it's nature is a venue to announce to the world what one is doing at any particular moment, post photos of those moments, and comment on others moments, photos, and videos.

Simple enough.  Kinda neat really, and you can choose just who to share those times with.  You can share with everyone, only friends, or only particular friends.  Just like in the off line world.  And, as in the real off line world a teacher would not roll into class on Monday morning, sit down at their desk, take a deep breath and tell the class all about their weekend with a special friend.

But, some do, on Facebook.  Some teachers actually add their students to their friends list on Facebook, and those friends are privy to all their goings on.  Most are harmless, a lot are private.  Either way they should not cross over the teacher / student  boundary as it recently did in Manchester, New Hampshire.  Now, there are exceptions as with most everything, but for the life of me, I can't think of one.

It is a bit about privacy, but in the case of the New Hampshire teacher and how she shared herself with students on Facebook, it is about safety, too.

Something to think on this morning.

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