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it’s profound just how much time i spend at this dusty imac, too much time in fact. i love hurtling about the place catching up with friends, making new friends, while upsetting loads of people along the way.ย well today i have decided to share a news item that really has caught my attention, easily done, as i’m so easily distracted from my so called normal life.

its a blog that i should really follow, speaking of that, some buffoon seems to have hacked into my facebook account and is sending out shit that everyone should delete immediately – if you get this nonsensical message about facebook page views, please just remove it and move on, i have changed my log ins, so maybe it might stop. if it works great, if it doesn’t, i don’t really know what to do. but any-who check this out ..

FEASTERVILLE, ( is that a real place ? ) Pennsylvania: A high-school English teacher in suburban Philadelphia who was suspended for a profanity-laced blog in which she called her young charges ”disengaged, lazy whiners” is causing a sensation by daring to ask: why are students unmotivated – and what’s wrong with calling them out?

As she fights to keep her job at Central Bucks East High School, 30-year-old Natalie Munroe says she had no interest in becoming any sort of educational icon.

Her comments and her suspension have clearly touched a nerve, with scores of online comments applauding her for taking a tough-love approach or excoriating her for verbal abuse. Media attention has rained down and backers have started a Facebook group.

”My students are out of control,” Ms Munroe, who has taught 10th, 11th and 12th grades, wrote in one post. ”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.”

And in another post, Ms Munroe – who is more than eight months pregnant quotes from the musical Bye Bye Birdie: ”Kids! They are disobedient, disrespectful oafs. Noisy, crazy, sloppy, lazy LOAFERS.”

She also listed some comments she wished she could post on student evaluations, including: ”I hear the trash company is hiring”; ”I called out sick a couple of days just to avoid your son”; and ”Just as bad as his sibling.

“Don’t you know how to raise kids?”

Ms Munroe did not use her full name or identify her students or school in the blog, which she started in August 2009 for friends and family. Last week, she said, students brought it to the attention of the school, which suspended her with pay.

”They get angry when you ask them to think or be creative,” Ms Munroe said of her students. ”The students are not being held accountable.”

Ms Munroe pointed out that she also said positive things, but she acknowledges that she did write some things out of frustration – and of a feeling that many children today are being given a free pass at school and at home.

”Parents are more trying to be their kids’ friends and less trying to be their parent,” Ms Munroe said, also noting students’ lack of patience. ”They want everything right now. They want it yesterday.”

Ms Munroe has hired a lawyer, who said that she had the right to post her thoughts on the blog and that it’s a free speech issue.ย Associated Press

i think that this none too subtle outburst is fantastic .. like the group, show your support, or alternatively just bag the “hooberts” out of this teacher .. but whatever you do – enjoy.

now, i’ve got a song to celebrate the occasion, silly me – as i’ve said before, i do like drums.

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47 Comments

  1. Yogasavy Yogasavy 20/02/2011

    She is my kinda teacher!

    • tbaoo tbaoo 20/02/2011

      so you’re hot for her as well ?

  2. baldychaz baldychaz 07/04/2019

    I rememberwhen i was a youth, teachers would certainly let you know how they felt about you! in my job confidentiality is a big thing but if shd did not mention names should be ok? still not sure if agree with what she did.

  3. Jewell Jewell 20/02/2011

    You know Alan…I read another article about this on Friday. I was absolutely surprised by this. She hurt no one, identified no one including herself or her school, and honestly, having gone through the student teacher program at university she is absolutely 100% right on in so many ways. Kids, teachers, administrators…all shit these days. While I consider most teachers close to saints for what they have to put up with on a daily basis in order to do their jobs well and effectively, even saints need a break and a place to vent.

    • tbaoo tbaoo 20/02/2011

      yes jewell, we’re not allowed to speak our mind anymore. it’s alarming how accurate she is and dare i say has stirred a wild hornets nest in the american school board’s culture. why you don’t have a national curriculum amazes me, we in australia are close, but the disjointed system we have, is by no means as weird as the various “us” states allow .. big thanks for your feedback, correct as always .. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. baldychaz baldychaz 20/02/2011

    I rememberwhen i was a youth, teachers would certainly let you know how they felt about you! in my job confidentiality is a big thing but if shd did not mention names should be ok? still not sure if agree with what she did.

    • tbaoo tbaoo 20/02/2011

      being public about private matters is questionable .. publishing matters that should be aired as in wikileaks, is a good thing, but maybe the leaking itself could be argued ..

  5. baldychaz baldychaz 20/02/2011

    It is tricky. nurses in the UK have been kicked off the nursing register for whistle blowing publicly yet we are encouraged to in the nhs

    • tbaoo tbaoo 21/02/2011

      it’s happened here in bundaberg hospital , the case against the doctor continues !!

  6. ElizOF ElizOF 06/04/2019

    The irony of all this is that when she started the blog, it was anonymous. Once the school objected, it became public and brought the sort of attention I bet they’d rather not have…
    Eliz

  7. Hansi Hansi 06/04/2019

    Loved it. The idiot bureaucrats that suspended this teacher were in a damned if you do, damned if ya don’t situation: Couldn’t let a teacher (not matter how anonymously) say such things bout these poor students. Could be facing massive First Amendment/freedom of speech lawsuits. Dumb bastards.

  8. Ron Ron 21/02/2011

    Ahhh…future members of Congress…perhaps the Death Boards of the new health care program are simply being proactive and empathic…hmmm

    • tbaoo tbaoo 21/02/2011

      do you mean that tea party members are on the school board, creative design masters at work again .. ?

  9. ElizOF ElizOF 21/02/2011

    The irony of all this is that when she started the blog, it was anonymous. Once the school objected, it became public and brought the sort of attention I bet they’d rather not have…
    Eliz

    • tbaoo tbaoo 21/02/2011

      yes, it’s strange – i’ll have to find out more about this chaos.. !!

  10. Hansi Hansi 21/02/2011

    Loved it. The idiot bureaucrats that suspended this teacher were in a damned if you do, damned if ya don’t situation: Couldn’t let a teacher (not matter how anonymously) say such things bout these poor students. Could be facing massive First Amendment/freedom of speech lawsuits. Dumb bastards.

    • tbaoo tbaoo 21/02/2011

      i do look forward to hearing more – ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Susan Deborah Susan Deborah 06/04/2019

    Being a teacher myself, I admit that sometimes sheer frustration makes you rant and rave. I completely agree with what she is saying. Kids have it quite easy these days and since they have the backing of the information-udders of Wikipedia, they think they don’t need a teacher.

    I stand by her. Wooh.

    Joy always,
    Susan

  12. Susan Deborah Susan Deborah 21/02/2011

    Being a teacher myself, I admit that sometimes sheer frustration makes you rant and rave. I completely agree with what she is saying. Kids have it quite easy these days and since they have the backing of the information-udders of Wikipedia, they think they don’t need a teacher.

    I stand by her. Wooh.

    Joy always,
    Susan

    • tbaoo tbaoo 21/02/2011

      thanks susan .. maybe they should read wikileaks and actual real books ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. SJ SJ 06/04/2019

    So free speech really is only free providing you play by every rule in the “Lets play nice and fair book”. Isn’t putting our feelings out there what we do, if we aren’t naming names then really what does it matter?

    Hats off to her for airing her frustrations and saying what everyone else is thinking. I’m sure if she trawled the facebook pages of her students and found disparaging remarks about the teachers they wouldn’t be expelled. Really boils my blood!

  14. SJ SJ 08/04/2019

    So free speech really is only free providing you play by every rule in the “Lets play nice and fair book”. Isn’t putting our feelings out there what we do, if we aren’t naming names then really what does it matter?

    Hats off to her for airing her frustrations and saying what everyone else is thinking. I’m sure if she trawled the facebook pages of her students and found disparaging remarks about the teachers they wouldn’t be expelled. Really boils my blood!

  15. SJ SJ 22/02/2011

    So free speech really is only free providing you play by every rule in the “Lets play nice and fair book”. Isn’t putting our feelings out there what we do, if we aren’t naming names then really what does it matter?

    Hats off to her for airing her frustrations and saying what everyone else is thinking. I’m sure if she trawled the facebook pages of her students and found disparaging remarks about the teachers they wouldn’t be expelled. Really boils my blood!

    • tbaoo tbaoo 22/02/2011

      the kids comments would be a lot worse i’d say .. and boiling blood all round sj … ;(

    • Elden Schoreplum Elden Schoreplum 19/08/2011

      “The greatest discovery of our generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes”

      • tbaoo tbaoo 19/08/2011

        yes – thanks elden ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Mixed feelings on Blondie the teacher — she was right, she was speaking the truth, yet seems wrong for a teacher to talk out of turn like that, especially in that venue, the school board had to do something didn’t they? Why arent parents speaking up about crappy education?

    • tbaoo tbaoo 22/02/2011

      hi brahm, thanks for landing .. if the parents are blissfully unaware of the standards, they do so at their own peril .. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Ron Ron 06/04/2019

    Ahhh…future members of Congress…perhaps the Death Boards of the new health care program are simply being proactive and empathic…hmmm

  18. Mixed feelings on Blondie the teacher — she was right, she was speaking the truth, yet seems wrong for a teacher to talk out of turn like that, especially in that venue, the school board had to do something didn’t they? Why arent parents speaking up about crappy education?

  19. baldychaz baldychaz 06/04/2019

    It is tricky. nurses in the UK have been kicked off the nursing register for whistle blowing publicly yet we are encouraged to in the nhs

  20. Jewell Jewell 07/04/2019

    You know Alan…I read another article about this on Friday. I was absolutely surprised by this. She hurt no one, identified no one including herself or her school, and honestly, having gone through the student teacher program at university she is absolutely 100% right on in so many ways. Kids, teachers, administrators…all shit these days. While I consider most teachers close to saints for what they have to put up with on a daily basis in order to do their jobs well and effectively, even saints need a break and a place to vent.

    • tbaoo tbaoo 08/04/2019

      yes jewell, we’re not allowed to speak our mind anymore. it’s alarming how accurate she is and dare i say has stirred a wild hornets nest in the american school board’s culture. why you don’t have a national curriculum amazes me, we in australia are close, but the disjointed system we have, is by no means as weird as the various “us” states allow .. big thanks for your feedback, correct as always .. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. Mixed feelings on Blondie the teacher — she was right, she was speaking the truth, yet seems wrong for a teacher to talk out of turn like that, especially in that venue, the school board had to do something didn’t they? Why arent parents speaking up about crappy education?

    • tbaoo tbaoo 08/04/2019

      hi brahm, thanks for landing .. if the parents are blissfully unaware of the standards, they do so at their own peril .. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Susan Deborah Susan Deborah 07/04/2019

    Being a teacher myself, I admit that sometimes sheer frustration makes you rant and rave. I completely agree with what she is saying. Kids have it quite easy these days and since they have the backing of the information-udders of Wikipedia, they think they don’t need a teacher.

    I stand by her. Wooh.

    Joy always,
    Susan

    • tbaoo tbaoo 08/04/2019

      thanks susan .. maybe they should read wikileaks and actual real books ๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. Yogasavy Yogasavy 08/04/2019

    She is my kinda teacher!

    • tbaoo tbaoo 08/04/2019

      so you’re hot for her as well ?

  24. baldychaz baldychaz 08/04/2019

    It is tricky. nurses in the UK have been kicked off the nursing register for whistle blowing publicly yet we are encouraged to in the nhs

  25. ElizOF ElizOF 08/04/2019

    The irony of all this is that when she started the blog, it was anonymous. Once the school objected, it became public and brought the sort of attention I bet they’d rather not have…
    Eliz

    • tbaoo tbaoo 08/04/2019

      yes, it’s strange – i’ll have to find out more about this chaos.. !!

  26. Ron Ron 08/04/2019

    Ahhh…future members of Congress…perhaps the Death Boards of the new health care program are simply being proactive and empathic…hmmm

    • tbaoo tbaoo 08/04/2019

      do you mean that tea party members are on the school board, creative design masters at work again .. ?

  27. Hansi Hansi 08/04/2019

    Loved it. The idiot bureaucrats that suspended this teacher were in a damned if you do, damned if ya don’t situation: Couldn’t let a teacher (not matter how anonymously) say such things bout these poor students. Could be facing massive First Amendment/freedom of speech lawsuits. Dumb bastards.

  28. baldychaz baldychaz 08/04/2019

    I rememberwhen i was a youth, teachers would certainly let you know how they felt about you! in my job confidentiality is a big thing but if shd did not mention names should be ok? still not sure if agree with what she did.

    • tbaoo tbaoo 08/04/2019

      being public about private matters is questionable .. publishing matters that should be aired as in wikileaks, is a good thing, but maybe the leaking itself could be argued ..

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