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.