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Teacher conduct scenarios

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When the local school board was considering a freeze in teacher salaries, a high school journalism teacher decided to write a "letter to the editor" condemning the actions of the board. The letter is published in the local newspaper. He then required his journalism students to also write letters to the local newspaper criticizing the salary freeze proposal for teachers. He was terminated for his actions. Should he have been terminated for his actions? Why or why not?

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As you examine overall teacher conduct related to letter to the editor, I offer some of my personal opinions and also an outside piece to spark your own ideas.

First of all, based on the word "required," I do think that the teacher in your teacher's scenario greatly abused his/her power by forcing the journalism students to also write letters to the local newspaper, criticizing the salary freeze proposal for teachers. Although I do not see own personal letter writing as a reason for termination since he/she does have a right to be upset as a citizen and teacher about the salary freeze, I do think that ...

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Responses to teachers' conduct scenarios are elicited.

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