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Is a Teacher's Behavior in Their Downtime Any of Our Business?

Posted by on Feb. 4, 2013 at 10:39 AM
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Even though this article is about a high school teacher, I think the question is valid for parents of all school aged children.

Raunchy Math Teacher Shows Her Students What Not to Do on Twitter

Posted by Janelle Harris


Carly McKinney
So moms (and a handful of dads), did you hear about Carly McKinney? Ms. McKinney to some of her students at Overland High School in Aurora, Colorado, “Ms. McCutie” to the cleverly flirtatious guys there? Don’t know her by face? Maybe you’ll recognize her by her booty. It is Twitter famous, after all.

The 23-year-old math teacher is on paid administrative leave after she posted pics of herself twerking—which is basically acrobatic rump shaking if you’re not familiar—on social media. Now that would be tacky for any woman because, you know, we’ve all heard the warnings about sexting naked pics and posting salacious body shots online, lest they end up who-knows-where. Worst case scenario in the hands of some grimy perv, a vindictive blackmailer… or your boss.


Which brings me back to Carly McKinney. Some more of her work:
Not to mention her openly bragging about being high and getting crunk.

Once upon a time, maybe a generation or so ago, students made great sport of creating elaborate stories about their teachers’ personal lives. Rumors were born in snippets of juicy gossip whispered across the aisles and aside from maybe a random siting of a spouse or the manufactured romance between two single folks spotted coming out of the teachers’ lounge together, no one really knew what was going on with them.

Then Twitter was born and now topless math teachers are doing stripper dances in their panties. I imagine it’s kinda hard to focus on algebraic equations when you know what the instructor looks like half-naked. (Thank God I got out of high school before the social media craze. Mr. Trimmer shirtless? No. thanks. I was having a hard enough time passing calculus as it was.)

McKinney’s original Twitter page, @Crunk_Bear, has been taken down and a dummy page is in its place which, according to one tweet, picked up 4,000 followers in a day. But more than 18,000 followers total is a testament to the power of the emerging #FreeCrunkBear movement that’s building in her honor. And what a pitiful movement that is. Then again, it is being led by teenagers who see nothing wrong with what she did. They relate to her on a personal level, one student said. Understandable, since that’s something that a 16 or 17-year-old would probably do.

Look, it takes a certain level of maturity to be a teacher, because you are in a fact an authority figure and maybe even a role model. And if you’re behaving on the same level as the kids you’re charged with educating and it becomes hard to tell the students from the teachers, then maybe being an educator just ain’t your thing. Maybe she has a little growing up to do first.

Is a teacher’s behavior in their downtime any of our business?

by on Feb. 4, 2013 at 10:39 AM
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M4LG5
by Valeri on Feb. 4, 2013 at 11:09 AM
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I don't think it is any of our business as long as they don't make it everyone else's business either (i.e. post on twitter, facebook, etc).

VickyJoJo
by on Feb. 4, 2013 at 11:55 AM

 Good answer.  I don't think what our teachers do in their off time is my business. But I do not want them making it my business either by publishing it online for all the world to see.  There is no privacy in social media and one should not expect it.   Teachers should model their social media behavior for their students.


Quoting M4LG5:

I don't think it is any of our business as long as they don't make it everyone else's business either (i.e. post on twitter, facebook, etc).


 

Lorena
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 11:46 AM
I could care less what they do in their own lives. I am friends with my kids teachers and principle. We go out on weekends, they came to my wedding. Heck some are taking me out for my birthday this weekend! Their job is not their entire life they are people.
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psych_mom
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 12:00 PM

I think that teachers have to remember that they are role models to our children so they need to act like it when posting in public places. If they do things like this, post it on a private page, not for everyone in the world to see. Honestly, I think when people post pictures that show things like this, they have no dignity for themselves and I wouldn't want them teaching my children anyway.

Pooobaihr
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 12:03 PM

I think as long as they aren't killing anyone or on hard drugs, like coke and shit like that... its none of my business.  If you can come to work the next day and make sure my kids pass and you give a damn about your students, twerk your ass all you want at home for all I care. :D

Pooobaihr
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 12:05 PM

What if this teacher also had a side job of modeling and was making extra money from that? We all know that teachers don't really get paid much anyway and with the internet these days, you can get paid by doing things at home.

Quoting VickyJoJo:

 Good answer.  I don't think what our teachers do in their off time is my business. But I do not want them making it my business either by publishing it online for all the world to see.  There is no privacy in social media and one should not expect it.   Teachers should model their social media behavior for their students.


Quoting M4LG5:

I don't think it is any of our business as long as they don't make it everyone else's business either (i.e. post on twitter, facebook, etc).





EslingerCrew11
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 12:22 PM
Personally, if its not illegal, its none of my business, even if its on the internet.
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beckolette
by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 7:18 PM

I asked basicly this same question and got all kinds of hell. Most told me to stay out of the teachers business and That I was a no good for even thinking her out of school life would affect a student. 

I still say like others, the teacher is a role model and no matter what age child it is. If they see someone they have respect for doing something, they feel if Teacher did it, then it must be Ok. 

ronjen1117
by on Feb. 8, 2013 at 5:21 PM
Okay so I a teacher and we are held to a high ethical standard. It is part of the job and we, as teachers, need to set and example and be a role model. We are not perfect but we should have some dignity. You can not have the respect of your students and parents if you do not have respect for yourself.
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coolmommy2x
by Bronze Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 5:27 PM
I agree 100%

Quoting M4LG5:

I don't think it is any of our business as long as they don't make it everyone else's business either (i.e. post on twitter, facebook, etc).

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