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5 minutes ago, Pete the Feet said:

In this time of economic woes and many people possibly being out of work this sort of shite shouldn't be happening. Hiring stretch limos, ball gowns etc. In fact it shouldn't be happening whatever the economic climate. We had a great time at our school events and there was no looking down noses at poorer kids who turned up in their school wear as they didn't have any best clothes. In later years some local schools banned flashy trainers as it encouraged flaunting. Nowadays I suspect it is who has got the latest iPhone or Samsung.

We had strict "school uniform" but it made no difference: you could always tell whose parents had money and whose didn't.

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His blog was totally inappropriate. Commenting on the personal appearance of pupils and broadcasting it is totally unprofessional and would be frowned upon if one pupil did it to another. He has received what he deserved.

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16 hours ago, rabski said:

Turn it round. Even if you thought your daughter wasn't dressed completely appropriately, would you consider it reasonable and proper for one of her teachers to describe her as looking like a whore?

Being a teacher involves having to STFU. It's called 'responsibility'.

Had he named the pupils he was speaking of I'd have agreed with you. But no names were given.

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It's amazing so many kids want to tow the line and compete in this tasteless display.

In our days it was more about individuals being diverse.

I guess we complied by making sure we did everything differently to anyone else, apart from the rabid competition to get away with the widest flares of course.

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It's a teenager's job to irritate their teacher.

It's a teacher's job to be gracious about it.

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2 hours ago, Guzziboy said:

Had he named the pupils he was speaking of I'd have agreed with you. But no names were given.

Of course that would require him and his location to be anonymous too. If he revealed so much as an IP address on his blog, he would be very easily traced. And if you know who or where he is, you know who the pupils are.

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I really don't understand anyone's suggestion that even the slightest hint of what he did is somehow acceptable.

It's really simple. When you take on certain jobs, they come with the understanding that you need to behave appropriately outside the employment area as well as inside it. To go mouthing off about people in your care is simply not just unacceptable, but indicative of either extreme stupidity or some attitude problem. Neither of which are remotely in line with the requirements for being in an acedemic position.

As a teacher, you may well consider some of your pupils look like Eastern Bloc whores, but at worst, you'd only dare say so to close associates in private. At best, you'd keep it to yourself. To plaster it on social media, you'd need to be incredibly thick, or not give a **** about the consequences.

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To extend what Rabski says, one needs to consider the implications.

The guys duty of care is overthrown by publicly drawing parallels to Eastern European prostitutes, which can harm the children he is referencing.

How so?

Even if it's not clear to those who read the blog, it may be clear to those in his classrooms and result in bullying and psychological damage, eating disorders and adverse mental health from self-esteem issues. Or the opposite, since it may also go the way some see an ASBO as an award, the affect kids could see it as a badge of honour and instead become the bulliers - the infamous 'plastics' of school fame who lord it over others.

It is also possible other blogs between the children or messages in chat rooms start up and ebb into forums and do identify those involved. This then can become an immutable record that affects those affected in their later lives, such as applying to university or looking for work. People may cast aspersions based on what they can glean from a background check.

The point is simple. There are consequences hitherto unknown, but likely negative to one or more children who are in his care.

As such, he failed to uphold his duty of care.

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