Recently there are student bloggers who got suspened because of some unkind remarks made towards their teachers/Schools etc..
I didn't had the mood to blog, but this is such an interesting topic to be disgusted on.
Should schools/teachers suspend students who bad-mouthed them ? Or Should the benefit of doubt be given to students who should have the freedom of speech ?
Reading xiaxue's blog, i understand her feelings and she claims that students should not be punished. And she is speaking as a "been there , done that" student from her time. From a point of view, she indeed got it correct as in students should not be punished so heavily as they are jus some wild comments posted. And of cos, in this way, teachers's reputation and credibility could be damaged till a certain extend.
FREEDOM OF SPEECH! is all students could cry out now. But do they really understand by the term freedom of speech? Freedom of speech does not give them the rights to insult anyone. heh. Besides that? Nothing more. Indeed in this point of view students are the ones losing out. They are under strict control as schools are now invading into personal life and are banning students from blogging if their blog are offensive towards school/teachers.
But are teachers humans too? In my days of secondary schools,MOST teachers are bias! (From my fucking point of view of cos!) I got friends who are Ex-teachers too and they could testify to it that they do bitch about students and gossip about them. Some would leave deep unkind remarks directly into the face of the poor student who couldnt fight back.( etc : "YOU ARE SO STUPID".) So what has the public got to say about this? what will happen to students who cant even be given a little freedom of venting frustrations out on a bad day? Some hot-tempered teachers would flare up and hit students if the child is a little slow in learning and understanding. Did the teachers ever got suspended ? Or did they shake their butt and always tend to sneak away with a small warning? Staying low profile in a few weeks and they are back to normal, flaring up and hitting students?
But there are always the trouble-makers students who got nothing better to do and get the teacher pissed off at them. And leave wild and unkind remarks to teachers who get hurted deeply too. Esp if the remarks are half truth or untrue at all. Bringing in the vulgarities with mothers, fathers and other relatives into a story. Afterall, teachers are paid to guide and educated the students to bring out their best potential in every aspect of life.
There's this EX-teacher who stated that life is unfair and expect students and public to jus face facts and a school has every right to suspend students and demand them closing down their blogs. heh.
she stated: " Do the schools have the right to shut down the blogs? YES!! If the students are not happy with the school, then they can vote with their feet. Life is unfair. This is a fact of life, nobody says it has to be fair. The principal can bully teachers and teachers can bully students and the students can bully their little bros or maids or even dogs at home. Principals can be bullied by MOE, do you not know that? "
"The whole world is fucking unfair OK? If it was damn fair, why in the first place women can get pregnant for fucking around and the guys get nice scoreboards for conquests gained? The school is not in the business of being fair. It is in the business of educating. To get you armed with a paper cert and then push you out to the working work so that you can fucking defend yourself in the jungle. Some do it well. Some do it very badly. What happens in the schools reflect real life in a way. People get shit in their work place simply someone in power dun like their face. If you want to get a bad time in sch, then go ahead and piss all the teachers, be a rebel and then try all sorts of stunts. If one wants to be smart, den toe the line and play the game like everyone else. This is being smart. U wan to blog and curse teachers, the govt, the whole world den be bloody smart enough that no one can identify you and shut you down for saying things ppl can sue you."
"ABUSE of power? who in the first place surrendered your rights when u agreed and select to come into the school with the 2 eyes open with all its school rules and regulations? You gave the school authorities your rights. "
And this is the agrument to the EX-teacher's post.
"And EX-teacher, for goodness sakes! We all know the world is an unfair place. "
"Still, that shouldn't prevent us students from protecting ourselves against the likes of you."
"Your little comment there has made it quite clear that you are simply trying to give teachers an excuse to bully students. And the rationlization behind it? That the world is unfair. You are seriously low on gray matter!And by saying that a student surrenders his / her rights to whichever educational institute he / she is in, you have proven yourself to be one of those teachers (or EX-teachers) who think it's perfectly alright to regard students no better than cockroaches."
"Being a student of a school is by no means any grounds for teachers & other figures of authority to pry into one's personal life."
And another person comments on the EX-teacher.
"For goodness sake's EX teacher. I agree with XXXX's statement. When we "surrender" our rights to a school, we dont surrender our LIVES to the school. Have you not heard of the word "Privacy"?"
"I'm sure many of us get touchy when our private lives are intruded. Why check up on our blogs to see what we are typing about teachers? How would you like it if your students stalked you all the way home just to see what you were doing?"
"Get what I'm trying to say? We all have our own private lives to lead. I'm not trying to say that the school only has the right to teach us only during school hours, and when school hours are over, teachers have no "reign" over us, but we all have our private lives, and we'd like to keep it personal. "
"Blogging has its good and its bad, depending on how you look like it. It is pretty shallow to judge a school if a student posts something like "I hate Mr XXX because.....", and you happen to blogsurf and read his/her blog, and your reputation is spoilt. He/she may be biased towards that teacher/school, and you dont know, because you dont know the person.However, like what XiaXue said, if there are witnesses, whose fault is it now? Furthermore, a blog is a blog without restrictions or limitations. If you cant stand to see what's written on a blog, don't read it at all. "
"What's all this JUSTICE and EQUALITY we recite every morning when we say the pledge? A teacher is a teacher, and a student is a student. Being a teacher does not necessarily mean that they are ALWAYS correct. Why do students always get blamed when we make mistakes? It's not like teachers dont make mistakes too right? "
"When a teacher humiliates a student in front of the whole class, why cant a student humiliate a teacher on his/her blog? (WHEN THE CASE IS UNFAIR)Isn't this justice and equality? Doing unto others what they do to us? Hasn't Singapore been teaching this to us since birth? Havent the teachers been educating us on this?"
"Crap, we students are people afterall. Give us our respect and we'll give you yours."
And another insulting the ex-teacher.
Ex-teacher: i can seriously understand why you were a teacher before. look at your own grammar and syntax, not to mention your lack of creditable vocabulary since you resorted to using the f-word. despite this being the internet, given your ex-status of a teacher, how am i to respect what you've said then?
And there's this counter-back. =D
"in which way did the school "abuse" its position of authority?"
"If the said student indeed wrote untrue words, or called the teacher(s) names on the blog, would it not be akin to lying or being rude to the teacher(s)? Either of which should be punishable by school rules, no?"
"The added effect is that blogs have larger audiences than a single class, or a group of friends. Therefore, perhaps the punishment was considered and made harsher than (seen necessary by many?) normal?Why would schools/principals/teachers not have the authority/power to punish when their students have done something wrong?No?"
"Words on the internet are not the responsiblity of the students? Things done out of school are not under the school's purview?If it's so personal as you say, perhaps they should have kept it personal. By publishing your personal thoughts on the internet, you are not keeping it personal and private anymore."
So at the end of the day, the agrument carry on with no endings..
Folks out there, feel free to leave comments on your tots and feelings to.. lets all share shall we? heh. =D