I’d be interested to hear your opinions regarding teachers being involved in public displays to support membership of groups/parties. There are several questions to consider regarding personal and professional life such as, is a teacher’s life private out of work or are the lines blurred when it comes to belonging to what the media and public may consider ‘undesirable groups’. Under The Human Rights Act it is not unlawful to support or follow organisations unless it is causing distress or upset to others therefore where is the line drawn between highly individualised responses to public demonstration of support for groups/parties.
As a teacher myself I am often asked by students what I do outside of work as the public have perceptions of what a teacher should be doing which is very different to what we do away from work. It would appear that the media seem to target particular professionals during reportage when there are a wide cross section of indviduals involved.
Let me know what you think, are the media damaging the teaching profession through biased reportage or are they providing an insight into the diverse membership of activist groups.
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