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    I'm with Harvs. It's a very fine line. On one hand, a persons profession shouldn't impact on how they choose to spend their down time.
    On the other hand, it completely does impact and teachers need to be aware that the choices they make can come back and bite them on the bum.

    Things have come a long way since 1923 when teachers would have to sign a contract like this:



    (Thankfully! And also you will notice it only mentions beer, wine and whiskey. Vodka or Rum is obviously ok ) and schools no longer have a say in how a teacher behaves or dresses outside of school hours. But, the teachers are kidding themselves if they believe the parents will never find out what they get up to- especially if its illegal or highly risky behaviour.

    As for the guy who she sent the nude photos too, he deserves a massive boot up the butt. What he is doing is NOT ok and should be held accountable by all his mates. What an A-hole.

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    I really despise the term "party girl".... Funny there doesn't seem to be a male equivalent.

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    For doing drugs...yes. ..I think that's wrong.
    Just in a duty of care aspect too. How do you know she's sober at school?
    I worked (I'm a teacher) with someone who was so drunk one morning still from the night before that she passed out on the staff room kitchen floor before school at staff meeting. She got up and taught for the morning. ..then slept at lunch ... then taught for the rest of the day.
    I was horrified that it was acceptable to do that.

    I would say what teachers do on their own time is their business. .but there are definitely limits I think to acceptable behaviour / especially if it crosses over to school life.

    At my last school. ..in fact my last two jobs in private schools I had to sign a 'lifestyle ' agreement. Breaking it is cause for termination.

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    Irrelevant.

    As in any job as long as what you do in your private life doesn't impact on your ability to do your job then it shouldn't matter.

    And as long as you aren't representing your workplace (conference, camp, excursion etc).

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    Unfortunately for her she works in a profession that requires a certain amount of discretion. Her mistake is not keeping an arms length between professional and social activities. This is a reason lots of teachers choose not to live where they work, the constant judgement and talk about what they do in their own time is an annoyance.

    However, I find the plan of the other woman to be more distasteful.

    I hate the crap teachers cop because they're teachers. Car park talk and gossip amongst parents is something I despise.

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    We live in a small country town so we do socialise with our local teachers. While I understand that they are entitled to a life outside school I would be horrified if my kids saw them doing something illegal. I probably wouldn't care if my kids saw them drunk and vomiting as long as it wasn't every time we saw them and they weren't in an environment where they should have known better.

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    Default Does your child's teachers personal life matter?

    Nope. Teachers have a life too. Whilst I don't condone her behaviour, if she's a good teacher for my child I couldn't give 2 hoots what she did on the weekends.

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    It is a tough one.

    We do expect teachers -more than anyone else - to be role models for our children. They are responsible for our children for a good deal of their life, for shaping and developing them ... So it's natural,al to have high standards of behaviour ...


    But everyone should be entitled to a private life too. To being able to live life, make mistakes, make the same choices that everyone else gets to make.

    I have a thing about drugs, so wouldn't be impressed at all with the allegations of drug taking ... But the rest I think is her business. Her life and she should be allowed to live it.

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    Not my business. We are in a small rural town and socialise with our teachers, principal, VP etc...out of school hours and when they aren't at school I don't care what they do.

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    If there appears to be no impact on the way she teaches and carries out her job then nope I'd leave it be.


 

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