We are human just like everyone else. We shop. We go out. We have friends. We drink. And, yes, we have sex. I am writing this blog because parents and schools don’t want us to have the same kinds of lives everyone else is entitled to. This is evident by the number of teachers being fired because of what they do in their personal life.
Teachers are forced to appear to live PG lives. A picture of a teacher in a bikini with a beer during summer vacation can cause a stir. But, a CEO, a doctor, or a politician can have an affair or have frequent flyer miles at a brothel and never suffer the same consequences. Why are teachers any different from anyone else?
On countless occasions, I’ve been told how I should live my life. Not to mention the blog postings about what I should and shouldn’t say online. I’ve even been told to adopt a split personality and create a separate online space for personal communication.
I am not advocating for teachers to publically announce that they are in an open relationship, like to get crunk on the weekend, or share other details of their personal lives. After all, it is called a personal life. What I don’t want are people expecting teachers to be the examples they are not willing or expected to be.
Working with young people doesn’t make you any less human. It doesn’t make you a saint. And, it shouldn’t take away your right to be employed and true to whom you are as a person. Isn’t that what we teach our students? To be authentic and true to themselves…