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  •  I think we can trust RW012 and hubby.... (2+ / 0-)
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    PinHole, B Unis

    to make a decision based on what they know about this particular girl, especially since based on the letter, it sounds like he shows good judgment and identifies well with the students.

    •  YOU can trust them. (1+ / 0-)
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      B Unis

      But as I said, I don't.  I would be pissed.  I can't speak for the student, obviously.

      If my chair or administrators found out I did this, I would be in trouble.

      •  And you know the email (0+ / 0-)

        is:

        1. real?
        1. if real, posted without permission?
        1. if posted permission-free, it actually used the real first name of the alleged author?

        Glad I don't have your chair or administrators, I guess.  Maybe someone needs to talk to them about jumping to conclusions and taking disciplinary measures without proof or bona fide evidence of wrongdoing?  I'd hate to work for such stupid supervisors.  I think I'd probably quit, but that's just me.

        •  I think you miss my point (1+ / 0-)
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          If my student walked into my chair's office and said:

          "I wrote a letter to my teacher asking for advice.  He went and posted it on the internet.  I know this because it matched the email I sent to him.  Granted, he removed my name and posted it anonymously, but I feel that my trust has been betrayed and that my words have been circulated without my permission."

          Then you can sure bet I'd be hearing about it.  I wouldn't have broken any laws or guidelines (I don't think...) but it wouldn't make me look good, for sure.

          •  No, I didn't miss your point. (0+ / 0-)

            For exactly the reasons you state, my money is on the email being posted here either as real, with permission from the author (but without those details spelled out in the diary text, for stylistic and general boredom reasons) or sufficiently altered to mask the origins.

            A remote third possibility would be a lapse in judgment and ethics by the diarist, and that would be her and her husband's cross to bear.  

            I tend to assume people are smarter than that, until proven otherwise. Not because I'm altruistic but because it saves time (usually).  

            Not sure why I'm belaboring the point in this case except that it seems to illustrate some of the points made by the (alleged) author of the email, particularly about how we as creatures tend to focus on the wrong things much of the time, myself included.

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