Tuesday, 18 May 2010
What about Extra Curricular activities?
I have blogged before about the perils of the net when it comes to employment. But decided to have another go after seeing this article in the Guardian about someone arrested for a tweet, and someone else refused a teaching degree, they claim on the basis of a My Space entry. I haven't fully read the judgement in this case, although comments on one of the sites covering it suggests that the issues were other than the photo.
What interests me about this are the range of views that exist in this area, for example the comments on this version of the story, from what you do off the job is no one elses business through to everything you do is part of the job (perhaps only for certain jobs). It also touches on Red's question on differences of opinion. Are there jobs where your behaviour off the job disqualifies you from carrying out the job? I think the answer has to be yes - although with qualifications. Nobody is perfect (I know this will come as a shock to some of you out there ;)) so the question becomes what imperfections do we focus on? Red asked whether we would make a priest having an affair a Bishop - slightly tongue in cheek I would ask whether we would make a priest lending money a Bishop - after all the Bible says more about usury. The same goes for other public roles, doctors, politicians and of course teachers.
I guess where I fall on this is that there are behaviours which would disqualify people from certain jobs, but having your photo taken as above isn't one of them.