Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Quick Rant: Blogger Natalie Monroe

Have you heard about teacher/blogger Natalie Monroe?

She is the High School English Teacher (Central Bucks East, close to where I grew up in south-eastern PA) who, back in 2011, said some nasty things about her students on her blog.  How nasty?  Here are some quotes:

“There's no other way to say this, I hate your kid.”

“Although academically okay, your child has no other redeeming qualities.”

(Your child is) “a complete and utter jerk in all ways.”

(I have a student that) “dresses like a streetwalker.”

(My students are) “out of contol,” “rude, lazy, disengaged whiners,” “rat-like,” and “frightfully dim.”

“I hear the trash company is hiring.”

Here's the thing, as educators we sometimes think not-so-nice things about our students.  We may even give voice to our thoughts in the privacy of the faculty lounge, we may gripe to our spouses.  The things we say may even be true.  However, the one thing that we may never do is publicly disparage our students.  

We protect, we encourage, we correct ... we don't attack, demean, and beat down.  

I remember greeting every student, even those who I hoped would take the occasional day off, with the phrase, "Hey you're my favorite student." Never once did I think about saying or writing, "I hate you."

This is not a free speech issue.  This is an issue of professionalism and lack there of.   

Monroe is set to be fired.  She is also set to bring suit against her division. 

I hope Central Bucks follows through and fires her.  I hope the judge makes her pay the division's legal fees.

Free speech my ass - if you don't like kids ... go work in a bank. 

1 comment:

  1. I agree. If you post nasty things about your students, you don't need to be a teacher anymore.



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