Free Speech and a Teacher


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In the news this past week is a story about a teacher who’s blog has hit a nerve… She used her personal blog to criticize her students and fellow teachers, she never named names, didn’t say what school she worked at and didn’t give her own name. Yet the school saw fit to suspend her… Is this fair? Is this taking away her free speech rights. I for one think she has all the right in the world to say what she pleases, as long as she don’t use names, what harm. And besides, she is correct, the student body of most high school students are as she states, the youth of today is lazy they do expect you to do everything for them and they expect everything to be handed to them.

This is not a “local” thing, this is a national epidemic, one that needs to be confronted, and soon!

I have two teen age boys living with me, and all to often I hear the words “They just expect to much” or “This is no fair”… Well life ain’t fair and life expects even more… We have created a generation of lazy youth, a youth that expects the world to bow down to there every needs, a youth that expects there teachers to pass them just because a youth that expects there first job to be a CEO position and a youth who expect everyone to just accept then as they are. They don’t need to change, they don’t need to follow the rules, hell they don’t even need to respect.

So I say blog to your hearts content, and if it upsets some, so be it, if feelings get hurt, get over it and if a parent or child finds offence to it, than get off your lazy butt and do something about it, fit it, change, grow up and move on.

I have worked with youth for over 20 years, and I can attest to the fact that many, not all, but many youth are as she states and many parents, once again not all, but many are the reason why. They don’t want to parent, they want to be friends. Well my friends, being a parent is not being a friend. You did not have a child to make your new best friend, at least I hope not, you had a child, I hope, to show your love to your spouse and to praise God.

But sadly many do not, many have children to fulfill any emptiness, to give them someone who will love them. It is a selfish reason to have a child, and the results are the youth of today. Now before everyone gets mad at me, and sends me nasty replies, I know that many, if not most parents are good loving parents and most children are good and loving children. But, as it works out,  it is always the minority that gets noticed, that speak the loudest and get the attention of everyone around them.

The funny thing is, the reason why they act out, in most cases, is to get the attention, well she gave it to them, and now they are pissed.. To bad! Get over it! Grow up!

As I tell my teens, The world is not here to serve you, sometimes life sucks and sometimes things happen, that’s just the way life is. And the sooner you learn this the sooner you will be able to live in the real world. But modern society does not agree with this, the liberal mind set at schools teaches our youth that you should not have to work hard, that everything is given to you and that life should be fair. For any readers of this blog, you know I think that is a bunch of crap! Our youth need to learn that sometimes, fair or unfair, life keeps coming at you. That sometimes homework gets in the way of your plans to have fun, that sometimes a teacher may expect more from you than you want to give and that sometimes you just got to do what you don’t like to do.

This teacher has all the rights in the world to air-out her dirty laundry, she has all the rights to say what she pleases, it is her first amendment right. The founding fathers made sure they protected this basic right, but the left, the liberals, only protect it if it fits there agenda.  And for obvious reasons, her blog does not. It shows the short-comings of the educational system, the failure of parents and society, and a generation for what it is. I say she should be promoted, made the principal and given more power. Maybe her approach of calling out the issues, showing the problem for what it is will shock the students and parents and fellow teachers into action. Now I am not saying all students, parents and teachers are in need of the shock, but many are.

Her is an article from USA Today….

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Pa. teacher strikes nerve with ‘lazy whiners’ blog (source)

FEASTERVILLE, Pa. (AP) — 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 driving a debate by daring to ask: Why are today’s students unmotivated — and what’s wrong with calling them out?

High school teacher Natalie Munroe was suspended from her job over profanity-laced posts on her blog.

By Matt Rourke, AP

High school teacher Natalie Munroe was suspended from her job over profanity-laced posts on her blog.

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By Matt Rourke, AP

High school teacher Natalie Munroe was suspended from her job over profanity-laced posts on her blog.

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. The blog has been taken down, but its contents can still be found easily online.

Her comments and her suspension by the middle-class school district have clearly touched a nerve, with scores of online commenters 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," 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, 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?"

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," Munroe said of her students in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday. "The students are not being held accountable."

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 kids 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," Munroe said, also noting students’ lack of patience. "They want everything right now. They want it yesterday."

One of Munroe’s former students, who now attends McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., said he was torn by his former teacher’s comments. Jeff Shoolbraid said that he thought much of what Munroe said was true and that she had a right to voice her opinion, but felt her comments were out of line for a teacher.

"Whatever influenced her to say what she did is evidence as to why she simply should not teach," Shoolbraid wrote in an e-mail to the AP. "I just thought it was completely inappropriate."

He continued: "As far as motivated high school students, she’s completely correct. High school kids don’t want to do anything. … It’s a teacher’s job, however, to give students the motivation to learn."

A spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Education Association declined to comment Tuesday because he said the group may represent Munroe. Messages left for the Central Bucks School District superintendent were not returned.

Sandi Jacobs, vice president of the National Council on Teacher Quality, said school districts are navigating uncharted territory when it comes to teachers’ online behavior. Often, districts want teachers to have more contact with students and their families, yet give little guidance on how teachers should behave online even as students are more plugged in than they’ve ever been.

"This is really murky stuff," she said. "When you have a teacher using their blog to berate their students, maybe that’s a little less murky. But the larger issue is, I think, districts are totally unprepared to deal with this."

Munroe has hired an attorney, who said that she had the right to post her thoughts on the blog and that it’s a free speech issue. The attorney, Steven Rovner, said the district has led Munroe to believe that she will eventually lose her job.

"She could have been any person, any teacher in America writing about their lives," he said, pointing out that Munroe blogged about 85 times and that only about 15 to 20 of the posts involved her being a teacher. "It’s honest and raw and a little edgy depending on your taste. … She has a deep frustration for the educational system in America."

Rovner said that he would consider legal action if indeed Munroe loses her job.

"She did it as carefully as she could," he said about her blog. "It’s so general that it applies to the problems in school districts and schools across the country."

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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God Bless

Paul

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