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Teachers and Students Should Be Friends With Each Other on Social Media

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Started: 11/12/2014 Category: Education
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Con

Teachers and students need a healthy relationship. One that is bound by trust and respect. Being friends with them on Facebook, Twitter, or even just texting can bring turmoil into the classroom. A teacher can be blamed for favoring one student over another, sending inappropriate messages, helping a student cheat, etc. This kind of chaos is not needed in the classroom, school, or among the administration.
imnotacop

Pro

Social media, more and more, is becoming a prominent part of daily life. It, to a large degree, outweighs Email or phone.
Saying that a teacher and student should not have contact through means such as social media that acts as a hyper-email system is entirely unreasonable in the same way that saying a student and a teacher should not have any kind of contact outside the classroom in unreasonable. Simply having contact with the person does not mean that, by default, that person is boning you and if you really want to get rid of anything that could lead to that, get rid of schools altogether.
Debate Round No. 1
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Con

Teachers and students do have a lot of ways to keep in touch. There is no reason why they can't be in contact with each other after the school day is done. However, may I point out that I am not talking about simply teachers contacting students. I am talking about them being friends on the social media. There is no reason why the teachers need to see what the kids are up to at every moment in their lives (Twitter/Facebook). There is no reason for a teacher to see pictures of what the students are doing, where they are, and who they are with (Instagram/Facebook). If they need to get in contact with each other, by all means use an email. However, they don't need to be texting each other, sharing jokes, showing pictures, and gossiping with each other, at any time of the day!

While the students are still in school, teachers need to keep things professional. After the students have graduated, well that's something completely different and is up to the teachers and kids to decide if they want to become friends and share that kind of stuff with each other.
imnotacop

Pro

Again, simply friending someone does not mean that they are the best of friends by default. All it means is that they have a means of contact. What's stopping them from sharing that kind of information and gossiping over email? Saying one thing is okay but the other isn't when they're the same thing is absurd.
Let's say something like this was implemented, what happens if a teacher messages a student on facebook about a homework assignment? They aren't allowed to have even that kind of contact under your policy. So why not? Why, if it's fine in any other setting, can they not on what is simply another means of interaction.
Honestly your arguments hold no logical basis when you consider that you turn around and say that it's alright on anything else that holds the same capabilities.
I could make the argument that email is even more dangerous considering that places such as facebook have regulations that email doesn't, so you're saying it's okay for them to use the more dangerous platform but not the safer one.
Debate Round No. 2
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Con

First of all, what is stopping them from sharing that stuff over email, is that you wouldn't contact the teachers' personal email. You would contact their school one. There is absolutely no reason to have anything personal of the teachers. So the school would be stopping that gossip because, knowing that the principal checks in on all the emails when something doesn't seem right, would make the teacher not do that kind of stuff.

You shouldn't have to go on Facebook to see a homework assignment. Again, the school's email that they set up for the teacher is for that, not Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snap Chat, and whatever else is out there.

My argument holds very valid reasons. How long have you been in school? Or out of school? Because obviously you missed that the teachers have emails in which to contact the student. This creates a safe place for the teachers and the students to talk to one another because it is monitored......unlike so many Facebook messages. Therefore, your 'platform' is actually the more dangerous one. The principals are not allowed to get into another persons Facebook even if they think that something wrong is going on. It is against the law. However, they can go onto the email that is set up for the teachers. The safer environment and contacting policy, is obviously the one where it is legal to check up to make sure that the teachers and students are not over stepping their boundaries.
imnotacop

Pro

I hereby forfeit. My position has been changed.
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