Natalie Munroe, a high school English teacher from the Philadelphia area, has been suspended after it was revealed that she made posts in her blog describing her students in unflattering terms.
Among other things, Munroe called the kids in her classes “rude, disengaged, lazy whiners" and complained that they were out of control and believed that they were entitled to whatever they desired. Monroe said that students curse in class, openly discuss drugs, talk back, argue about their grades, and complain about everything.
Even though the blog posts were for Munroe’s family and friends, and even though she did not name the school where she teaches, or name any of her students, school officials became aware of the blog (which has since been deleted) and suspended her with pay, pending a decision by the school board about her future.
Unless you have been living under a rock for the last 20 years or so, who doesn’t know that a lot of kids today are just as obnoxious as Munroe describes them? But heaven forbid anybody publicly says so! Why, that just wouldn’t be nice!
This say it ain’t so mentality is just one of the many things wrong with our society today. We can’t call a lazy student lazy, and we can’t call a jackass a jackass. No, we have to come up with politically correct terms that gloss over the problem so that nobody gets offended. Or, we ignore the problem entirely.
I’ve known a lot of great high school age kids, and I’ve known a lot whose behavior was exactly what Munroe described, or worse. Sometimes much worse.
I’ve also known quite a few schoolteachers who were fed up, disillusioned, and frustrated with the problems in their classrooms. Running small town newspapers over the years, I talked to many teachers who complained that they had suffered verbal, sometimes even physical abuse, from their students. Yet their complaints were ignored by school administrators.
Teachers have told me stories of parents who became enraged when their precious little Johnny or Jenny got a failing grade, and demanded that the teacher change it. Teachers I know have been screamed at, cursed, and threatened by parents who all know that their kids are angels who are being singled out and picked on. Is it any wonder that the kids are out of control? Look at the role models that they have at home!
But we can’t ever say that, can we? I hope Natalie Munroe keeps her job, because she has a right to express her opinion. But to be honest with you, I wonder why anybody would want that job these days.
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