Missouri Makes It Illegal To Friend Your Teacher On Facebook
So, apparently teachers hooking up with their students has gotten so out of hand that the good state of Missouri has decided to do something about it. Is it me or did teachers suddenly get hotter? 'Cause trust me, nobody wanted to get with a teacher in my day...unless they were in Van Halen's Hot For Teacher video. Those were some smokin' educators!
The Missouri State Senate has just passed legislation banning any social networking relationships between teachers and their students. Apparently Facebook poking leads to real-life poking or something like that?
I mean, I get the concern. It is pretty unacceptable that this kind of thing would ever happen. And you can't argue with legislation that is mostly designed to protect children from sexual misconduct by teachers. But is it really the fault of social networking? I'm pretty sure most students find their teachers just as boring online as they do in the classroom.
The law goes one step further, also banning relationships between teachers and former students, which seems a little unconstitutional to me. Okay I don't really care that much about the unconstitutionality, I just don't want funny Facebook exchanges like the one below to never happen again.
Seriously though, this does sound a little like Minority Report, basically saying that ALL teachers are potential creepers who are just one private message away from doing something inappropriate. I'm pretty sure most teachers are just enthusiastic to engage their students outside of the classroom. And to invite them to join their Stephen Hawking fan group.
I say parents are really the ones who need to monitor their childrens' activities. And this law doesn't prohibit sexting or any old school things like flirting during detention or hooking up in the broom closet. I mean, creepers gonna creep! They don't need no stinking technology!
I'm pretty sure the teacher below is like whatevs! He doesn't wanna be friends with any of his students anyway.
What do you think? Should students and teachers be banned from having Facebook friendships? Would you even want to be friends with your teacher? Let's discuss in the comments?