Risqué Rompe: Teacher Fired After Winning Dance Contest While On Vacation

3306FB1400000578-3532399-image-m-15_1460287039373I have previously written about the increasing monitoring and discipline of teachers for conduct in their private lives.  A new case this week highlights this trend.  A Mexican elementary teacher has been fired after she was seen on a video twerking in a dance contest in Cabo San Lucas.  The 24-year-old identified only as “Miss Clarissa” on the film won the top prize of $260 but then lost her job.  The teacher won the contest to the  beat of Daddy Yankee’s “Rompe.”

3306FB1C00000578-3532399-image-m-18_1460287069373The teacher was on vacation during Easter and enjoying herself in her private time. However, when she returned, she was called to a meeting with the school’s administration and lawyer who pushed her to resign from the Instituto Cumbre Del Noroeste in Ciudad Obrejon.

I have previously written about concerns that public employees are increasingly being disciplined for actions in their private lives or views or associations outside of work. We have previously seen teachers (here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here) students (here, here and here) and other public employees (here and here and here) fired for their private speech or conduct, including school employees fired for posing in magazines (here), appearing on television shows in bikinis (here), or having a prior career in the adult entertainment industry (here).

Frankly, I tend to be a bit of prude about such things and find twerking rather off-putting. However, many do not and this teacher was on vacation. The message seems to be that a teacher cannot engage in any conduct viewed by parents or administrators as suggestive or inappropriate in her private time. What if this was a case of an artistic or expressive dance in a studio? Would that be allowed? The fact is that much more conduct is observable on social media today.  However, that has given rise to a type of fishbowl existence for teachers.  One teacher was even disciplined for a picture drinking wine in Europe while on vacation.   The obvious (and preferable) alternative is to explain to students that teachers are entitled to enjoy their private lives as they deem fit — according to their own values and interests.

What do you think?

24 thoughts on “Risqué Rompe: Teacher Fired After Winning Dance Contest While On Vacation”

  1. This kind of retribution for private, legal behavior is un-American and should be put to a stop. This hypocritical Victorianism ruling the workplace has got to go.

  2. This is a private school. If her employment contract expects her to abide by higher moral standards, then it is entirely appropriate to fire her. Her life is an example to young children. This particular school includes elementary and preschool aged children. They are highly impressionable and will be corrupted by knowing that their teacher conducts herself in this way. Many of them will imitate her behavior at home and on videos that they post to YouTube.

    If this were a public school, then she is not expected to have higher standards of morality than what the law defines as criminal. In such a case, she should not be fired.

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