In a rare show of solidarity, several prominent teachers have come out against a proposed new policy to require students to show their teacher’s photo when they take photos of their teacher.
“This proposal is not about our safety, it’s about the safety of our students,” said Karen McNeil, a former New York City school board member and one of the authors of the proposed policy.
“It’s not about making our kids feel safe, it is about making sure that students can trust their teachers.”
McNeil and her co-authors have argued that photo sharing on social media has been used to create a culture of fear in schools, where students have been taught that teachers have the right to decide what they share online.
“If teachers are going to make a decision to photograph someone in a public space, that should be the subject of discussion,” McNeil said.
“We can’t do that if we are not given that opportunity.”
The proposal comes after a string of controversial incidents involving teachers who have shared their personal images on social networks such as Instagram.
Last year, New York State’s Attorney General, Bill Bratton, charged two teachers who shared photos of themselves on Instagram with promoting the illegal practice of voyeurism, a term that includes filming a teacher in a compromising position or sexually touching the teacher.
In response to the allegations, New Yorkers passed a law in 2016 banning the filming of teachers in public spaces.
McNeil’s proposal was inspired by the incident last year, when a school in New York posted photos of a teacher who was not wearing a uniform.
In a Facebook post, the school called it a “disgrace to the state of New York” and demanded that McNeil remove the photos.
McNeill, who is a former teacher herself, told The Huffington Post that she was not happy about the situation.
“I feel that the teacher should be able to go about her day without being targeted for her profession,” she said.
“I was upset about that photo.
But, unfortunately, when the photo went public and became a problem, it was a big issue,” she added.
McNichols father, David, a professor at Rutgers University, was also in favor of the proposal.
“Teachers should not have to be photographed in public, nor should students be forced to do so,” he said.
David McNeil believes the proposed new rules are a bad idea.
He said, however, that it could lead to a change in behavior among teachers.
“There are teachers who are just not being held accountable,” he added.
“They just have no idea what it’s like to be out in the field, to be doing something they feel comfortable doing, to actually take pictures.”
David McNeils mother, Mary, also believes that the proposed changes are too extreme.
“We are all here to teach,” she told The New York Times.
“As parents we need to make sure that our children are taught the values of compassion, empathy, respect, and tolerance.
That’s what it means to be a good parent.”
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