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  • Teacher-student friendships on Facebook - August 29th, 2011. Minnesota just enacted a law that bans exclusive relationships and communications between teachers and students via social networks like Facebook. Other states, the nation, and the world consider the debate.

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  • CON: Exclusive teacher-student relationships are inappropriate. Charol Shakeshaft, professor and chairwoman of the Department of Educational Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University: "Exclusive and private contact with your students isn't educationally necessary. In the same way that in a school we would say, 'No, you may not lock yourself into a room with a student,' this law effectively says, 'No you may not lock yourself into a website where only you can get to the student.' [...] Anything I need to do as a teacher I can do in a public space or a space that can be accessed by people. If I need to be doing it completely in private, then I shouldn't be doing it."[1]
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