Council imposes ban after teacher's comments cause outrage in rural community
from the Guardian Education online
Fellow 'tweechers' have responded angrily to the ban
Tweeting teachers in Scotland are incensed by reports that Argyll and Bute council has banned teachers from blogging about their work.
The move came after tweets written by a teacher appeared in the Oban Times.
Comments made by the head of the language department at a local high school, to her friends on Twitter – "Have three Asperger's boys in S1 class: never a dull moment! Always offer an interesting take on things" – have caused outrage.
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Lighting the Spark: Teaching Awards
Published: Thursday, 25 June 2009 15:06
The Guardian, June 25 2009
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Clearing - Education Guardian
Published: Monday, 03 August 2009 13:34
Education Guardian - 3rd August 2009
"When I opened the envelope and saw my results, it was just – disappointment. I felt really, really bad. I threw them on the floor and went to my room in tears."
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The X-amination Factor
Published: Wednesday, 24 June 2009 12:34
Rows are forecast across breakfast tables this morning as parents try to persuade teenage children that their English exams are more important than the X Factor.
Scottish heads are furious that the ITV show scheduled its first auditions for 10,000 hopefuls in Hampden Park football stadium yesterday, the day before the Scottish equivalent of GCSE English. The second round, involving thousands of hopefuls, is due to take place today in the same venue.
The rector of Dingwall Academy, Graham Mackenzie, spoke for many when he said: "This is appalling. I have seen a copy of the letter the children have been sent. In big bold letters, it congratulates them for being selected. It tells them this is their first step on the road to stardom and that this decision may change their lives. It also tells them to rehearse and practise to impress the judges.
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