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. 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. 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.