#IfIhadmyway, 5/26–>That Higher Standard

ImageIf I had my way, anyone who chooses to teach children would understand completely that educators are held to a higher standard than just about anyone else on the planet in regard to our lives outside of the classroom.

Whether we like it or not, in many ways, our behavior outside the classroom is as closely scrutinized as our behavior inside the classroom. It has been my observation, whatever a teacher chooses to do in his or her free time, even though it is away from school and has nothing to do with school, will be judged harshly by his or her public based on the established mores of the community.

With that said, regardless of where one lives, educators have a higher standard to consider and must be prepared to deal with the consequences of any decision made which violates that standard.

It is just the way it is. Neglecting that higher standard can and will make one’s life a lot more difficult.

Yes, teachers have the same constitutional rights as anyone else in the United States.

But, in my opinion, this higher standard has little to do with constitutional rights and more to do with common sense.

A doctor can write a racy novel and more than likely continue practicing medicine without a hitch.

A lawyer can be charged with a DWI or DUI and probably proceed in his or her career without missing a beat.

An accountant can speak his or her mind about political issues without any fallout.

Can you?


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About barbarawmadden

I began teaching in 1981, but after a few years decided staying home with my children was what was best for my family. After almost 20 years raising four children, I returned to the classroom in 2005.

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