Thursday, February 17, 2011

Teacher suspended for blogging about her students

ABC News: Teacher Natalie Munroe makes no excuses for writing blog posts about her students which include statements like, "A complete and utter jerk in all ways," "although academically okay your child has no other redeeming qualities," "I hear the trash company is hiring," and "There's no other way to say this, I hate your kid."
"I don't think I did anything wrong," Munroe, a teacher at Central Bucks East High School in Doylestown, Pa., told ABC News.
The 30-year-old teacher used the name "Natalie M" and never identified the name of the school in the posts that also lashed out against other teachers and administrators. But once word got out it was her, the school suspended Munroe with pay. [MORE]

Personally, I don't see what all the fuss is about.  This teacher did not name her school or the students she was talking about.  Unfortunately, she did not do a very good job at hiding her identity, but so what?
I think some of today's children and parents could stand a health dose of truth.  In our hyper self esteem driven education system, it might just be a good idea to let some parents know early on that they are raising assholes!
What are your thoughts on this?  Parents, give me your thoughts.  Any teachers out there, let me hear from you too.


Lisa said...

Well, I think she's an idiot for not hiding her identity better. But mostly its just funny. I don't know if I agree or disagree with her suspension. If she violated terms of her contract, then ok. If not... then, well, she is still just dumb for getting caught. Did she really harm anyone? I don't think so.

Jenny said...

I agree with you. She did speak the truth, she just didn't use very good judgment in how or where she did it. As a parent, I was always irritated by the attitudes of other parents who think their kids are 'perfect' and can do no wrong. No kid is perfect and this parental attitude only encourages their obnoxious behavior. This district is also well known for a holier/snottier than thou attitude. No shocker here that's for sure.

Just a conservative girl said...

Well I would first ask what is in her contact. If there is any wording in there abut doing such things and she violated it, she should be fired/suspended. If not, then she has the right to do it. Was it smart? Maybe not, but perfectly legal.

I wouldn't be happy if it were about my child especially if she had not brought out those issues to me in another way; such as parent teacher conferences or notes home.

I am sure she will be lonely during her lunch break when she goes back to work, which I am sure she will at some point. I think the biggest issue is going to be levels of trust between her and coworkers as well as parents. Not a good thing in her profession.

bd said...

good off-political topic...

all very unfortunate:

perfect excuse for pc nazis to (en)force conformity in the name of the "sensitivity/civility higher calling" - hold them in far more contempt than being in dismay over the tastelessness of the post - sure she finds herself in distress in the situation as she sees it; have no doubt all true in large measure; still tasteless in its expression

in general, no reason for us all not to do better in decent, civil discourse - even when we need to speak definitively if not harshly; but at the same time, we should be "substantial" enough to fore-go getting all "wee-weed up" over every crass, demeaning, stupid, insulting, offensive utterance that floats by

she did not identify any principals, "no harm, no foul"

Tyrone said...

She definitely should have done any blog ranting about her students completely anonymously. No names - hers or theirs, and no identifying locations etc. She was definitely stupid in that regard. I'm all for blowing off steam, but on the internet, it's there for the world to see. Even on Facebook. Nothing is sacred and nothing is safe. If you're going to post it, do it anon, period. Otherwise, prepare to be caught and punished by the PC police.

I also agree with one of the previous posters here, that if she was having problems with some students, she definitely should have at least attempted to resolve them with the parents first.

Janelle said...

I can't speak to this.........when I went to school, teachers were authority figures and it didn't do any of us any good to cross them. And if the school wasn't hard about discipline, the parents certainly were.

Janelle said...

All of you are talking about this - how about let's return authority to the schools and teachers. I'm sick of whiny parents who want to blame anyone else for their bratty kid's behavior. Jenny, you are right. None of us were or are perfect, but we did grow up. Operative words here..........did grow up.

maddmath said...

I'm both a parent and an ex teacher. The thing that really bothers me is what the kids put teachers through would be considered abuse if it was done to them. I could list a horrid list of what I went through and some teacher it was far worse. Yet, we're suppose to take it. She wasn't very good at hiding her identity, however, nobody was singled out and what ever happened to freedom of speech? I guess it only applies to the thugs.

We can get in a debate about parents, discipline in the schools and all, but until a certain court ruling is overturned, it's going to continue: That every kid is entitled to an education . . . including those that don't want it. What's worse, these liberals that run the school actually believe every kid wants to learn. The truth is far too many don't and as long as we're more interested in protecting their arrogant mentality, the war zone know as the class room will continue.

Anonymous said...

"That every kid is entitled to an education . . . including those that don't want it. What's worse, these liberals that run the school actually believe every kid wants to learn."

Madmath1: totally right on. The whole system dumbs down the smart ones just so the ones who don't want to learn "feels" good about themselves.

When I attended public school, half the the time was wasted by these rotten students who want to argue about everything. And the other half was the history teacher telling us how socialism is the answer, or "social study" teacher explaining how everything evil came from white men.

Public school had became the DMV of education.

2nd Anony

The Vegas Art Guy said...

Bad idea by the teacher but since no names were used no confidentiality issues can be raised. Her big mistake was going after her bosses. I know what it's like to try to teach kids who don't care. All I can do is my best. I'm not Chuck Norris after all, I can only lead the horse to water...

Jay Banks said...

I think the teacher did nothing wrong. Well, it would be interesting to know what is in her contract. If it says nothing about such things, she should not be fired. She just wrote the truth and did not defame anyone in person.

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