I love reading the posts that teachers put on Instagram. It provides a professional arena for collaboration; be it for instruction or merely to share frustrations.
The other day, I saw a post. The heading had the word teachers in it, so I assumed it had been posted for teachers to see.
Here is my dilemma:
While this post was relevant to teachers facing the holiday classroom, and I saw that it had been shared a few times, it contained the word F*CK. (spelled out with all the letters).
It had me pause.
It had me question why someone thought this was an “okay” post to represent teachers.
I, for one, was offended and very turned off.( AND I consider myself somewhat hip)
Out there on social media, judgment is delayed until after the post is made.
This word, seemingly commonplace in movies and literature, is still considered profanity.
Even though many use it in the form or a noun, verb, adverb, and adjective, I am sure teachers would not use it in their parts of speech grammar lessons.
It simply is not appropriate.
Why, then, is it considered appropriate when it comes to our speaking and social media engagement? Because there is not face that promotes this page?
As leaders, is this really a word we want to make commonplace in our classrooms or even in our daily life?
If you were presenting to a group of church members, leaders of community, or even your grandparents, would you use this word?
Personally, I think it is highly offensive.
I bet parents would feel the same.
My suggestion is to put it on the shelf to be used with only your acquaintances that also use it.
(and really, why?)
Obviously, that is not social media.
It paints a picture of lack of discretion.
As we evolve as teachers, we need to understand that our place is one from which modeling and shaping of young people is critical.
Being sensitive to how we carry ourselves in language, socially, in all settings, and most importantly in published items can prove to be beneficial in the long run.
There was actually a comment made on this post that said: “I love that you used that word.”
Make a note of what your name goes on, because I can guarantee you, your superintendents and managers are doing the same.
Thanks for listening.