Restrictions on Free Speech for Public School Educators

Restrictions on Free Speech for Public School Educators

NOT ALL HEARTS AND STARS: Being connected isn't all it's cracked up to be. A few days ago, seventh grade teacher Pernille Ripp shared with EdSurge some of the risks of increasing engagement in the online educator community, including a lack of privacy and neglecting your local coworkers. But don’t forget about restrictions on free speech when employed by public schools, as Vicki Davis’s interview with educator Scott McLeod reminds. In Davis' most recent episode of Every Classroom Matters, McLeod lets educators everywhere know that they should be aware of their place as representatives of their employers, and legally do not have a right to privacy--even when it comes to their lives outside of school or on social media. Sound extreme? Give the interview a listen.

Despite the potential downs, there’s still opportunity for thoughtful connection. Check out our Guide’s focus this week on “Applying Your Learning” with pieces on EdCamp and Twitter chats. And don’t forget to try out our Reflect & Connect tool!

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