Russian Teachers Started the Flash Mob, “Teachers Are Human Beings Too” After Their Colleague Was Fired for Her Social Media Photo
When Tatyana Kuvshinnikova, a teacher from Barnaul, Russia, posted her photo in social media, she couldn’t even imagine that it would ruin her career at a local school. One of the student’s parents saw this photo online and complained to the school principal who decided that it was “a spot on the reputation of the school.” By the way, this photo was taken to support Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk, Russia because Tatyana is a member and activist of The Altay Federation of Winter Swimming.
Tatyana’s colleagues decided to support her. They started the flash mob, “Teachers Are Human Beings Too” (#учителятожелюди) and they have been posting their own photos in swimsuits and sharing their opinions on the situation.
At Bright Side, we want to ask for your opinion: do you think that teachers should be judged for the way they lead their personal lives?
These are the photos that were taken during the White Bears event in December which became the reason for the scandal.
“That’s why I decided not to work as a teacher,” wrote Nadezhda Medvedeva.
Male teachers also posted their photos with this hashtag.
Some even make jokes like, “The main thing that I don’t show during my classes are my legs. I don’t even mention them.”
Teachers post their photos before taking vacations.
“If my explicit photo was in the school hall of fame, or I came to school dressed like this, I would maybe consider some comments on pedagogic ethics.”
“It’s worth mentioning that it’s great that teachers have hobbies and money for a swimsuit while being paid so low.”
“Try to understand that teachers are also human beings who have personal lives,” said Victoria Yuzhnaya.
“Perhaps teachers should swim in long dresses or not swim at all.”
A few other flash mob followers:
The story has a happy ending.
Eventually, the government of Altai Krai offered Tatyana Kuvshinnikova to teach a course on the rules of conduct in social media. She will teach it at the Institute of Advanced Training for teachers.
What do you think about this situation and the following flash mob? Is it okay, in your opinion, that teachers post their photos in swimsuits online?
Preview photo credit Tatyana Kuvshinnikova /vk