Teachers and Students Can't be Facebook Friends, Dayton Schools Says

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Down in Dayton, the city's public school system is putting a moratorium on Facebook friendships between students and teachers, a move that is so head-smackingly obvious it's fairly disconcerting no one's put a rule like this on the books already. This is the first instance in Ohio of such regulation.

The new policy also says Kotters can't instant message or text with their Vinny Barbarinos or “respond to student-initiated attempts at conversation through nondistrict approved media, whether personal or professional accounts,” according to the Dayton Daily News.

The regulation was written using suggestions from the Ohio School Boards Association. Other districts are interested, but haven't gone so far as to mention the Social Network by name.

Again, we're completely on board with this. Yes, some teachers are crying foul, arguing it limits how they keep in touch with students. But even putting aside the pervy educators, there are still problems with keeping up an online connection. It's hard to take geometry seriously when you've seen the photo album of Mr. Rutkowski's Deke reunion weekend in Vegas ; Miss Daniels loses her august air of educational authority after she mis-types a happy birthday greeting on your wall; Principal Williams, not so scary when you see how many cute kitty videos he posts to his page. Social media burns down the distance between people, and when that distance is necessary — as in a teacher-student relationship — no good can come.

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