The reason why I comment on this blog, Librarian on the Lose, was this small paragraph that the blogger wrote on their about page. It really those last 2-3 sentences.
Wondering why I don’t have my name posted?
I am a teacher librarian, and I have to be circumspect about my online activities. If I were just reviewing regular novels, there would be no problem. If I wasn’t going to swear like a truck-driving sailor–sometimes, not all the time–I would probably post under my own name. However, I love to read erotic romances. I’m not ashamed of my personal book choices, but they are just that. My personal book choices. I don’t particularly want my tech-savvy students to go find my personal book preferences. They have already shown me mug shots of fellow teachers. Literally.
When I get ask why I don’t just teach, it not because I am not certified and don’t have the money to go back to school and become certified. It has to do with that the “teaching world” today is not a safe place to work in the digital world we live in today. All it take is a small rumor by a student(s), another teacher, parent or someone to get the school attention about your life style and put it under a microscope. Then to come to the conclusion and let the local/world media know that you are not the type of person who should be teaching children because of your life style outside the classroom isn’t approved by the school and/or district.
It is not common to hear on the news about a teacher being accused by a student or is being investiaged by the school because of a rumor that wasn’t true, but some how ended up on the news, destroying the teacher’s reputation. How about when someone finds something that a teacher has done in the past such maybe working at Hooters or was a pornstar before she/he became a teacher? What if the books you read or the life style that you live outside the classroom walls is discovered and not to be the standard the school wants in their teachers?
That what I fear about becoming a teacher. I have nothing to hide, but all it take is a rumor to go around and once school officials to find out about the rumors, be prepared for one hell of a ride. Your reputation can be destroy in a heart beat, where it can never be repaired. People will know who you are and future employer will have a difficult time trusting your creditability.