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Suspended teacher defends blog calling students lazy whiners
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Posted on 02/16/2011 1:56:00 PM PST by Sub-Driver

Suspended teacher defends blog calling students lazy whiners 4:19pm EST

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A high school English teacher suspended from her job after she blogged that her students were "rude, disengaged, lazy whiners," said on Wednesday that she did nothing wrong.

"Some of the students, parents and administrators don't want to hear the truth," said Natalie Munroe, 30, a teacher at Central Bucks East High School north of Philadelphia.

In a blog she said was intended to be seen only by a handful of her friends, but was shared on Facebook by a student who discovered it, Munroe was highly critical of some students and school administrators.

"My students are out of control," she wrote.

"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."

She suggested more accurate ways to describe pupils on their report cards, including "Seems smarter than she actually is" and "A complete and utter jerk in all ways."

In another post, she denounced the school administration by using a crude anatomical reference.

Munroe, who is nearly 9 months pregnant, was suspended with pay pending an investigation into her blog, said Carol Counihan, spokeswoman for the school district.

Munroe was escorted from the school a week ago by the principal and a security guard.

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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

What do I do? Try to connect with them some way so that they understand this stuff is relevant. This is stuff we go over first thing before we proceed on.

I ask them what do they know, get a handle on where they are starting from. Only then can I work with them to help.

I make it very clear up front, that they have a choice. If they do not wish to attend or do the work, then they can leave. If they are late, I charge the parents as if they were there on time, and then we go extra long the next time I see them, and I don’t charge the parents.

So they quickly learn that they have to be there on time, and they have to be ready to learn. It does work. The kids who are late realize that they are going to catch shit from their parents, and that they are still stuck waiting, and now there’s no class.

Kids don’t understand that Y is related to X, unless they are actually shown. Can’t assume that our knowledge and experience translates to where they are in life.

I’ve taken students from 30 percent, to an A level, it usually takes about 4 months of intensive work. Every kid is different.

41 posted on 02/16/2011 3:07:30 PM PST by BenKenobi (Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong. - Silent Cal)
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To: Sub-Driver

Welcome to my world: This skit frequently runs through my mind.

42 posted on 02/16/2011 3:14:29 PM PST by FrdmLvr (Death to tyrants)
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To: FrdmLvr

I think she should have been brought in if this was her first offense, disciplined and encouraged to be more “wise” in her statements and realize that Nothing is private. It is always smart to stay off the internet for job issues. My husband is a teacher and I get an earful of his commets, but he never speaks against a student and is very careful about any remarks he makes on his facebook. Yes, she probably does have stupid, lazy kids in her class - hopefully, she will help become part of the solution - if not, perhaps teaching is not the career for her!

43 posted on 02/16/2011 3:32:33 PM PST by princess leah
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To: Sub-Driver

Great movie person:
Head Mistress Trenchmouth
God I wish I could have sent my kid to her for three days.
Even now and he is graduating college in May.

44 posted on 02/16/2011 3:56:34 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: Robe

I am a 7th grade Math teacher with 20 years of fulltime teaching experience in public schools, and I vehemently concur with your comment, “the education system is broken and has been broken for a long time.” The federal department of education, the notion of “entitlement,” rampant illegal drug use, “blended” families, lack of self-respect, lack of common courtesy, lack of discipline in the home and from school administrators, etc. have all contributed to this decline.

Oh, did I forget to mention No Child Left Behind and “teaching to the test” rather than teaching MATH?

Math skills build! Students must have prerequisite skills and understanding before moving on!


The educational system needs to STOP all of this rampant and reduntant testing that erodes classroom instructional time!!!

We have lost at least TWO weeks of class time SO FAR this year in order for “data to be collected so that I am aware of my students’ weaknesses”. BS!

I look at my students’ test scores every year when school begins and have a base knowledge of their math strengths/weaknesses - or rather test-taking abilities. Not to mention that our school system wants ALL of the objectives - and leave out the “fluff” - to be “covered” by mid-January, even though official testing season occurs for two weeks in mid-March. (The “fluff” consists of extension activities that incorporate history, art, hands-on experiences, real-life applications, the use of technology - like graphing calculators, computer programs such as Geometer’s Sketchpad and PowerPoint, and internet-based research, etc.)

I have not even addressed behavioral issues in the classroom: argumentative, sassy, back-talking students; students with extreme emotional issues who constantly want and do pick a fight with someone; students who talk/sing to themselves; students who REFUSE to get out a pencil and paper and just sit there; students who ATTACK other students, teachers, and bus drivers and are WARNED: “don’t do it again or you’ll go to youth detention”. Whatever happened to EXPULSION? Oh, that’s right. No Child Left Behind

I have said many times for many years that I LOVE being a teacher. However, this is definitely THE year from h*ll.


BTW: Not all teachers are bad. I am sick and tired of hearing that poor test scores are all a teacher’s fault!!!

I coach a Math Team and offer complimentary tutoring for an hour once a week after school. In the past, I have had as many as 15 students participate in tutoring. This year, at most, three students have taken advantage of my free tutoring on a given day.

45 posted on 02/16/2011 4:13:24 PM PST by lyby ("Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe." ~ Galileo Galilei)
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To: Sub-Driver

ON PAID LEAVE... just saying, no incentive to get back to actually earning her pay. She does speak the truth.

46 posted on 02/16/2011 4:50:40 PM PST by 23 Everest (A gun in hand is better than a cop on the phone.)
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To: lyby
You are so right on ... I taught remedial math for 4 years..
it really tested my ability to teach one concept 14 different ways, and still get questions like, "Hey Mr. XXXXXX, how many quarter in a dollar??, Five, right????"

Those were the days you wanted to end it all.....Thank G-D for adult beverages

47 posted on 02/17/2011 7:15:56 AM PST by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: allmendream

If there was ever a time when truth should not be used “sparingly,” it is on the ugly realities of public education in the United States.

48 posted on 02/17/2011 7:37:08 AM PST by Captain Kirk
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To: Captain Kirk

First you dig your foxhole, THEN you engage the enemy.

The truth is not a shield invulnerable from the consequences brought on by those who do not want to hear it, or for others to hear it.

Having the right of way is one thing, jumping out of the way of the car is another.

Stand upon your right and the truth at your own peril is what I am saying. Pick your battles and defend defensible positions.

She didn’t.

49 posted on 02/17/2011 7:40:23 AM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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