Should schools be allowed to discipline students for "bashing" teachers (especially when using inappropriate language or attempting to assassinate a teacher's character) on social media?

Asked by: teacherpalooza
Should schools be allowed to discipline students for "bashing" teachers (especially when using inappropriate language or attempting to assassinate a teacher's character) on social media?
  • Teachers Should Be Respected

    I understand that there are some really crappy teachers out there but it doesn't help when teachers find that they also have to take on the role of a parent and babysit students. Students should enter the classroom with a ready-to-learn mindset. It's too bad that there are way too many kids who don't see how privileged they are to even get an education when there are children living in third world countries that have never stepped foot into a classroom. If students heed by this simple rule, they shouldn't have run-ins with a teacher.

  • Happened to me

    I was recently contacted by former students regarding another former student posting a very inappropriate message that included a picture of me from the school yearbook. It was both untrue and hateful. I am contacting the administration at his school, But I’m perplexed as to why this debate question is even a consideration. If I weren’t an educator and some hateful person posted slanderous lies with my photo and name on it, We would be in court. It’s sexual harassment. It’s also a flat out lie. Why is this a debate?

  • FREE SPEECH doesn't apply on private grounds

    Everyone keeps using the argument of free speech, well then how come you can't cuss your teacher out at school in person? You can't, you'd get expelled private property has the right to limit your freedoms as you have to sign that you'll follow the school rules or consequences will be handled accordingly. On top of your limitations cyber bullying is a crime. Cyber bullying can also cause mental insanity and cause students/peers/ and teachers to kill themselves.

  • Respect my authoritah!

    In other cultures, teachers are highly honored and always treated with respect. This is not by force but by recognition. The students feel privileged to be in their class. Kids in this country do not realize how lucky they are.
    Even freedom of speech has it's limits. According to the Freedom Forum Organization, legal systems, and society at large, recognize limits on the freedom of speech, particularly when freedom of speech conflicts with other values or rights. Limitations to freedom of speech may follow the "harm principle" or the "offense principle", for example in the case of pornography, or hate speech. Limitations to freedom of speech may occur through legal sanction or social disapprobation, or both.
    Sure, some teachers are not so good at their job as others, but often the best teachers are the least liked.

  • 1. Free Speech 2. Authority should be more organized in how it is delegated

    1. If teachers want to avoid criticism they should teach well. If it's unfounded then the student is just making themselves look like an idiot, which is their right. The status consequences are bad enough when people say stupid things, and even if they don't care the vast majority don't follow them and so they turn into the fringe opinion.

    2. Authority should be more organized in how it is delegated. School should have authority when kids are at school, when kids are truant and supposed to be at school, or when on field trips. Outside of that (and still sometimes inside of those bounds) then government authorities should get involved if and when it is appropriate. Not to stop speech just because someone doesn't like it.

  • No, provided it does not cause unreasonable harm.

    By 'unreasonable harm', I refer to these students somehow causing character damage enough to seriously harm a teacher while being undeserved. If a student accomplishes something that could be confirmed as libel by a court (both untrue and causing significant harm through reputation damage), then of course they should. Otherwise, there's simply not enough of a justification. The reasoning becomes "they said something I don't like, so I'm going to use my authority to punish them". Personally, I'm quite fond of North America's habit of accommodating people who say things other people don't like. Freedom of speech and all that.

    Again, though. If it falls under libel or something, the question becomes "should a student get away with this crime with no particular consequences", and my answer for that question falls on the same side as this one.

  • Nope. Respect is earned, not given.

    There must be a certain level of respect for teachers and most superiors, but there are two levels of this respect. One level is a superficial one, as in, "you say you respect them".

    The other level is a deeper respect, as in, "you do respect them". This level is never just given. It must be earned. A good teacher should command respect from his/her students by being respectful, in an authoritative way, to the students. It's not a one way relationship like many teachers make it out to be.

    If a teacher is doing a good job and a student bashes him/her, the students won't fall for it, but rather will probably attack the student for saying so, I've seen it happen more than once.

    Bottom line: Free speech,

    As we say in Canada, "justa' way she goes"

  • No. If it doesn't cause a disturbance

    Students should be allowed to express their opinions about their teachers as long as it doesn't cause a disturbance. People need to handle criticism. Students should be able to express their opinions about teachers openly and freely as long as it doesn't cause a problem, or yelling or things like that.

  • Give and take.

    Yes, teachers in other countries are much more respected. This is true. They also aren't as abusive as some of the teachers in the U.S.A. Teachers know going into education that they are going to get some hate for students. More so if they're teaching older students. They need to get some thicker skin. What children do outside of school has nothing to do with what they're doing in school. If the students posts an update during school times then you can get them in trouble but if they're already home what they do is their business.

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