Teachers and Facebook can be a dangerous combination. I’ve written numerous posts about the impact of social media on today’s public schools. But the woes of social networking aren’t limited to educators in grades K-12. Just ask administrators at the University of Pennsylvania.
The prestigious university is dealing with an incident of bad form by an admissions officer. According to Inside Higher Ed, the Nadirah Farah Foley, posted excerpts from application essays on her Facebook page, accompanied by her own snarky commentary.
I think many of us would agree that there is a tremendous amount of comedic potential with college-application essays . . . for comedians. But probably not for the admissions officers charged with deciding the applicants’ future. Although Foley’s Facebook friends didn’t seem to mind. In fact, they thought her commentary was so entertaining, they encouraged her to post more snarkiness.
Ironically, Foley declined. She would, she said, “if it weren’t such a professional risk/liability.” Ah, yes. How wise she was. Too bad she hadn’t thought of that before posting the comments.
The story has a predictable ending. One of Foley’s Facebook “friends” sent screen shots of the posts anonymously to the University’s independent student newspaper. Foley is “no longer affiliated with the institution,” according to Inside Higher Ed, but school officials have been mum about the conditions of her departure.
Not surprisingly, the school does not have a social-media policy for its admissions officers.