So, yesterday a high school football coach resigned his job because of a nude photo he’d posted on Facebook (in the original version of this post I said he was fired, but he actually willingly resigned – my apologies). To which I say: Really?
Look, if he’d posted the photo on a student’s page, that would be harmful. If he’d published it in a public stream (outside of his own Facebook friends), that would be unwise and somewhat stupid. If the photo had stayed up longer than a half hour, perhaps it would have expressed evidence of a person of questionable decision making skills.
But it was none of those things. Instead, it was a major OOPS when he meant to send a photo to an intimate friend and accidentally published to his Facebook wall, and it was removed as soon as he spotted his mistake. Personally? I think he displayed perfect common sense and totally appropriate behavior.
We live in an internet age. I think we live in the epitome of the glass house while throwing stones if we are going to rob every person that makes a stupid mistake online of their livelihood with a lot of pearl-clutching about protecting the children. Have you seen what the children are putting online? For God’s sake, I think they can take care of themselves.
Here’s the thing: today stupid college kids – spending their days and nights doing the incredibly risky, dumb ass things that college age kids do – are posting their every single life moment online. These college kids? They are tomorrow’s school teachers. Are we really going to only pull our next generation of school teachers from the tiny pool of young people that AREN’T currently posting photographs of their every whim on their Facebook pages?
Do you have any idea how few potential teachers that would leave us?
I’m not suggesting that we coddle pedophiles or that we don’t work harder to set reasonable standards of decency online; after all, we’re still learning this as we go. But I also feel fairly sure that we need to find a way to accept our new standard of living – which includes a new society that insists on being public with its stupidity – without punishing people that make no other critical mistakes by taking their jobs.
I should know. After all, I’ve posted my own nude photos online. I’d like to keep my job here at MomCrunch anyway.
Good thing I’m not a teacher.