A teacher who tweeted she ‘couldn’t be a****’ at work has been slammed by rapper Professor Green. This is from the Daily Mail…
The star told Clare Kelly, who teaches at St Thomas of Aquin’s High School, Edinburgh, teachers like her were ‘one reason schools fail people’.
Ms Kelly, a drama and guidance teacher, had tweeted ‘Born for better things… #work #cantbea****#whensthenextholiday.’
The tweet came to the attention of Professor Green, who became an unlikely champion for standards in education when he told his own followers: ‘I’m about to give you an example of why schools fail people’.
He then re-tweeted her original tweet about being born for better things to his 1,836,387 followers.
Education chiefs in Edinburgh have taken ‘appropriate action’ against Ms Kelly, who reported herself to the headteacher as soon as the furore erupted.
Teachers are regularly warned about the perils of posting on social media and advised that careless remarks could land them in disciplinary trouble.
…The teacher was met with a swarm of criticism online, including from former pupils.
But others rallied behind the teacher.
Edinburgh College acting and theatre performance lecturer John Naples-Campbell said her tweets were taken out of context.
He said: ‘Clare was one of my own mentors and I have never seen anyone as passionate about theatre and drama education as she is.
‘People are attacking her without knowing her.
‘People forget that teachers are not products – they are human beings and they have feelings.’
Teaching watchdogs the General Teaching Council for Scotland warned social media carried risks for staff.
Was professor Green justified in making a deal out of this teacher’s tweet? Is it ever acceptable for a teacher to make a public comment disrespecting the value of teaching this way or should everyone be allowed to let off steam once in a while? Please share in the comments or on twitter…