The Imagined and Real Perils of Blogging about One’s Job

Stressed Teacher has put down his or her chalk. No explanation was given but we can only speculate that the blog’s very articulate and enlightened views on the hands-on workings of the teaching industry might have rubbed colleagues and supervisors up the wrong way. Personal views might have been seen as unprofessional views.

I like reading Stressed Teacher and it gives a gritty account of how difficult it is to be a dedicated teacher. I have close friends who still plod in the teaching industry despite the ridiculous workload and sometimes heinous students and parents axis of evil, simply because the good days make it all worthwhile. I applaud that as passion in a job is what makes the job worth doing. Blogs like Stressed Teacher also help dispel the myth still held on to by the many ignorant people out there that teachers are paid adequately and get to enjoy the long school holidays.

Was Stressed Teacher forced nicely to shut down his or her blog? We won’t know until there is confirmation. Nevertheless, blogging about one’s job has implications depending on the boundaries set about by the employer and whether that employer is being unreasonably touchy is another matter. Insider trading, client confidentiality, Official Secrets Acts, patient privileges are all established ethics in the industries on where the no-go boundaries are in talking about work. People have lost their jobs supposedly through blogging about their work, or maybe blogging is the pretext by the employers for letting a staff go at work.

Stressed Teacher, too bad you are gone for now. Meanwhile, for diehard fans, Google already archived some of Stressed Teacher’s work e.g. A Day at Work.


One response

  1. I do hope that Stressed Teacher comes back online. It is shitty now that the blog is gone as I am very much a fan since I stumbled upon the blog months ago.

    Indeed being in the teaching industry is no playing matter and the non teaching workload drives a dedicated teacher crazy because we are trained to teach, as is our passion, not to handle piles of paperwork, wipe children’s arses or to keep their water bottles are in their bags at the end of the day. We teach them how to do it and we remind them of their responsibility but parents are always coming in with complaints about non teaching related issues, threatening the management that should such issues occur again, they might withdraw their children from the centre(s). I am from the early childhood education industry because I the early stages of development of a child is my passion. Not only is the paycheck miserable and the hours long, the parents are a bunch of daft pricks who apparently have not much of a childhood themselves. They are also law abiding citizens. A couple of them, because my school’s multiply account was linked to mine, came across my blog and brought their opinions about it to my supervisor. Apparently teachers are not entitled to political opinions that seem to be ‘rebellious’. Well prior to being added as a school contact, I told my supervisor that my blog contains some opinions that I want to share with friends who are not on the multiply network so I blog publicly most of the time rather than change the settings to private. She was fine with it as she did not know that parents might be so kaypo. In the end she had to get me to set up another account for work purpose hahaa… that could have been done in the first place but the point was… child care teachers are not allowed to have opinions or have the slightest interest in any other issues except for things related to teaching and children?

    People have to give up associating online blogging with opinions. All of us, being human beings with opinions and emotions, have the very right to find our way of voicing them out and blogging is one. Firing people because of the fact that they blog about their work (or otherwise) is terribly wrong, unless they have breached their employment obligations by revealing confidential details of their companies.

    That opinion so far, as my superiors agree with me on that, has kept me my job and I am glad.

    March 24, 2008 at 1:48 am

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