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Teacher Suspended for Anonymous Blog

I just read this article about a Pennsylvania high school teacher, Natalie Munroe, being suspended for an anonymous blog!  Apparently she used this blog to vent her frustrations about the current student mentality – “disengaged, lazy whiners” and whatnot – and a student brought it to the attention of the school.  They have suspended her with pay.

I see several problems here.  First, this blog was anonymous and didn’t use any real names, so why was she suspended?  Secondly, based on the kids I’ve met while my husband has been a teacher and a school librarian, what’s wrong with calling some of them out?!  Some kids need to be told that being a complete brat with no motivation will not get them anywhere!

Here’s one quote from her blog that really got me:

They are rude, disengaged, lazy whiners. They curse, discuss drugs, talk back, argue for grades, complain about everything, fancy themselves entitled to whatever they desire, and are just generally annoying.

YES!  It was like she took a peek into one of my husband’s old classrooms!!!  Of course, not all kids are self-entitled whiners, but a vast majority come off that way in the middle schools and high schools I’ve been in.

At one point in the article, a former student admits,

As far as motivated high school students, she’s completely correct. High school kids don’t want to do anything. … It’s a teacher’s job, however, to give students the motivation to learn.

Excuse me?!  It is a teacher’s job to TEACH.  It’s up to every kid to motivate themselves!  Sure, great teachers try to involve a class, but you can’t force a kid to pay attention if they decide not to.  When did we decide that we were no longer going to have expectations of our children?

I think an anonymous blog filled with honest opinions shouldn’t be a cause for dismissal.  If I had any pull at Central Bucks East High School, she’s get to keep teaching if she was a good teacher.

What do you think?

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6 comments to Teacher Suspended for Anonymous Blog

  • I totally agree with you. People need a way to vent and cope with stress and pressures and an anonymous blog is a way to do that. I think they reason people got upset is because parents don’t like to hear they are doing a bad job of raising their kids. Some people don’t want to hear the truth sometimes. The sad thing is that the school can’t be tougher and stand up to the parents.
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  • Blogging is getting riskier by the day. My husband says that he only hears about the people who get in trouble for the things they say and do but almost never hears about the success stories.

  • @Miss T, I sooooo agree!

    @First Gen, I hope we both prove him wrong.

  • Kids are unwritten pages in a book. While I agree it’s not the teacher’s job to motivate, it is the parent’s and society’s.

    All too often, kids are taught (from TV shows) that teachers and parents don’t know anything and are stupid. So no wonder kids aren’t motivated, to listen to their parents is just plain foolish. At least according to the TV shows (their new at home parent substitutes).

    Unfortunately, many parents are in the same boat as their kids with this same mentality.

    Not my kids though, we’ve done them right! Teachers and adults are always telling us how well mannered and how interesting our kids are.

    Here’s a twist, both of my kids love going to school…
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  • @MR, I loved going to school too! Smart kids…

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