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Mysterious Teaching

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Teacher's with Tattoos...

I am not sure I know how I feel about teachers who get tattoos.  I think some of them are beautiful.  I think if they are small and non-offensive, it is all right.  We have a teacher who has tatts all over his arms and legs.  He often wears clothes that show off his tatts.  Some of them are downright horrid.  Knives, blood, and other things that we tell our students are not school appropriate material.  How can we be telling the students that and then have someone walk around with that stuff?

He has been interviewing in other districts.  One of them told him they wouldn't even interview him if he had tatts showing.  It is their policy.  So, our PE teacher would have to wear pants all the time because she has an ankle tatt that is really beautiful but against their policy?

What does a tatt have to do with teaching?  I don't mind most of them but the ones like our male teacher?  I think it is over done.  It is a definite flauting of authority.  People complain about his attitude all the time.  I don't mind him but others have tried to get rid of him.

How do you feel about teachers wearing body art?

Published Monday, May 21, 2012 1:00 PM by MysteryTeacher

LindaS said:

That district that refused to consider candidates with tats may have been anticipating someone like that teacher with violent tats.  Unfortunately, it does affect those with relatively inconspicuous ones.

I hate them - to me, they are a waste of money, and an ugly defacement of your body.

Sadly, as teachers, we are often held to unreasonable standards that, funnily enough, our employers - the taxpayers - and the parents are NOT.

May 22, 2012 8:51 AM

MysteryTeacher said:

Yes, the principal has a friend in this school and when she found out that Tatts was applying, she told her all the stuff she could about him.  She definitly doesn't like him.  I don't know if this is unethical or not.  Sometimes I wish we were allowed to say what we really feel about other teachers without the fear of getting sued.

May 23, 2012 2:07 PM

Jim said:

I agree that small, refined, if I can use that word to describe tats, are ok. But blood, guts and gore are not. The district should have more sense, even if the teacher does not.

July 4, 2012 4:42 PM
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About MysteryTeacher

I am a wild, whacky, weird, wonderful woman and teacher. I am venturing into a previous life by teaching ELL this fall. I use to teach ESL years ago. I am excited, empowered, and employed. I love life.