Teachers and "Morality"

Discussion in 'Teacher Time Out' started by Sarge, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. Irishdave

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    What's the image of, Irish Dave?
     
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    I'm not Irishdave, bt, but here's the image: It's a cartoon of a backyard swimming pool. By the side of the pool, facing somewhat away from us, is a fairly fat older guy in a garment that would make the average Olympic contestant's Speedo look modest. In the pool is an older woman, probably his wife. She's saying, "When I said to shock the pool, I meant with the chlorine!"
     
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    OOPs I forgot you were on the thread TeacherGroupie described it well
     
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    Thanks so much, Teacher Groupie.

    No worries, Irish Dave.

    And that is hilarious!
     
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    All this talk of drinking and modesty makes me wonder what people think of teachers (male and female) who have tatoos. There are several teachers at my school that have tatoos. I am not talking one or two, I am talking about most of their back and their arms. Would they be required to cover up all tatoos?

    I don't have a problem with tatoos but I do know of people who do.
     
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    Oh, I know what you mean, Sarge...I'm glad I don't live or work in areas with unrealistic expectations of their public professionals. I live and work where who you live with or who you love isn't something administration gets involved with...
    My post was more of a reaction to public professionals being compared to business people having a martini at lunch or cracking open a few beers during a brainstorming session - it's just not the same...On our own private time though, as I said, let your hair down....keeping in mind the community mores if you don't want to open yourself up to scrutiny..;)
     
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    Czacza, what do you think teachers in Germany (referenced earlier) having a beer with lunch in the staff room?
     
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    I'm not in Germany....Europe kind of views drinking on a whole much differently than we in the US, and always has. I am currently reading a book 'The Billionaire's Vinegar' about the provenance of a bottle of Lafite supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson which was auctioned in the 80's. Jefferson wrote in the 18th century of how wine was accepted in Europe on a wide level and there was very little alcohol abuse-("No nation is drunken where wine is cheap; and none sober, where the dearness of wine substitutes ardent spirits as the common beverage." TJ) It kind of remains the same today, doesn't it...Kids in Europe grow up having a glass of wine with dinner and learn to drink responsibly. We put big taboos on it and have problems....so I guess my answer would be: When in Rome (or Germany), do as....
     
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    That's exactly what it means - no alcohol any where. In my county, we can get alcohol in one city but not the county or other cities. The cops are so ridiculously anal that any time they pull you over or you go through a road block, they will search your groceries (so long as they're not in the trunk). If they find that you bought alcohol in the city and brought it into the county, you get to spend the night in jail. Literally. A friend of mine actually got arrested for being the DD once. He had 3 drunk friends in the car and he was stone-cold-sober, hence he was the DD, and they ALL got arrested for consumption.
     
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    What????? How can they do that? I guess I assumed "dry" county meant it wasn't sold or was frowned upon, but you can't even be a DD? Or have a closed container? Can you buy it in the city and have it at parties :dizzy:
     
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    As someone who has a couple of visible tattoo's herself I considered the placement of them before I got my job teaching. If a school wasn't going to hire me because of my tattoo's I honestly wouldn't have been upset because it would've been a place where I wouldn't have felt like I could be myself.

    My school is a bit different though, I'm in an urban community and parents have to pick their kids up from school. Half, if not more, have a large part of their bodies covered with some form of tattoo's. This is not an uncommon practice among this community.

    As far as a double standard and such, my school basically expects me to make good choices outside of school. They don't want my name to be plastered around the community obviously, but at the same time my district is so big (and yet so small at the same time) that we usually don't run into the problem of being seen while enjoying an alcoholic beverage at a bar/restaurant.

    As for the unmarried thing, I bought a home with my SO... we're unmarried. I plan on having a child unmarried, I don't necessarily believe in the 'right order' of things. I am prepared to face the scrutiny that some will throw my way. As sad (?) as it is to say this though ,the area that my school pulls from is used to practices like this, where mom or dad has had many different bf's/gf's and many siblings from each.
     
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    The cops in the town I live in have a major God complex - they are the enforcers of all morality, and drinking will send you to hell! :mad: You can buy it in the city and drink it in the city, but the only way you can take it home if you live in the county is put it in your trunk. That's fine except that my SUV doesn't have a trunk that's totally closed off, so I can't transport it at all. We have to go to the liquor store in DH's car :lol:
     
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    That is NOT the norm by any means.

    Normally it's perfectly legal to have it for personal use in your own home. You just cannot purchase it within the county.

    Now, it IS illegal to have an open container of alcohol in a vehicle here, but it's the same in wet counties as well. NO open containers.
     
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    So what other perfectly legal, normal adult activities have teachers been warned to avoid just because they are teachers that haven't been covered so far?

    Anyone ever get "talked to" about the bumper stickers on their car? Political affiliations (assuming they are not shared with students)? Lack of church attendance?
     
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    Sarge very good questions
    Because of "Teachers are held to a higher standard"
    I did not have bumper stickers,
    I lived in another town (but less than 10 miles away) it doesn't work now because I bump in to former students every time I go out, I mean after 16 years in this town I have had more than 5000 students.
    The salesman at the tire store
    My doctor's Nurse
    Many fast food places
    The County Fair I bump into former students
    Not that I go to them but I heard that a former student is a clerk at the one porn shop in town & Two dance at the Topless clubs
    I bump into students and former students at Our Minor League Baseball games
    Even at both Indian Casinos I bump into former students
    Even driving to Phoenix (190 mi) I will pass students and former students on the interstate
    Because I have always thought I was some kind of a role model I have tried to keep my nose clean.
    I have never had a tatoo but I am thinking of getting one now, One on my back side "Wide load" OMG :spitwater:
     

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