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Teacher Suspended for Blogging About 'Lazy' Students

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What if this teacher were talking about your kids?

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A high school English teacher took to her blog to rant about her students, calling them "rude, disengaged, lazy whiners."

Natalie Munroe, 30, a teacher at Central Bucks East High School north of Philadelphia, says she did nothing wrong. "Some of the students, parents and administrators don't want to hear the truth," says Monroe, according to Reuters.

"My students are out of control," she wrote. "They curse, discuss drugs, talk back, argue for grades, complain about everything, fancy themselves entitled to whatever they desire and are just generally annoying."

Monroe (who is currently 9 months pregnant) was suspended with pay pending an investigation into her blog, according to Carol Counihan, spokeswoman for the school district.

Steven Rovner, Munroe's lawyer, calls her "a working class hero for teachers."

Momlogic wants to know: Do teachers have the right to publicly criticize children?


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11 comments so far | Post a comment now
BillyT February 16, 2011, 3:42 PM

I think it is ok for a teacher to criticize but only in general terms, no names,no specifics. Call it venting, call it constructive criticism, perhaps some students will see some truth in what is said because you can be sure she’s right and right about more than 1 student.

Kim February 16, 2011, 4:45 PM

What’s the problem? I work in the school system, and she is 100000% right on the money. Why suspend her????

tb February 16, 2011, 6:28 PM

If she was an elemetary school student, I might have disagreed with her a bit, but as a high school teacher, I feel she has every right to do so! She is not going to hurt anyone- the students that are “rude, disengaged, and whiny” probably don’t care about what she has to say anyway. I suspect all the heat put on her was from parents who wanted to find someone else to blame for their own children’s delinquency.

new era caps February 16, 2011, 7:30 PM

I suspect all the heat put on her was from parents

Katie February 16, 2011, 9:13 PM

Sounds like a tough class and a group of parents that are not supporting her or their kids’ eduction. Good for her to speak the truth. Who cares if she is pregnant when she said it! I’m sure her tolerance is lowered and the truth came out.

Jilly February 17, 2011, 9:27 AM

Parents dont want to hear the truth! Kids are different today, not all of them but an increasing number of them are being turned in to self-entitled, ill-mannered, belligerant brats!
Parents are saying, you can have/do/be anything you want, stand up for yourself and speak your mind BUT they are forgeting to tell them, that this comes with hard work, patience, respect, empathy and compassion for other humans!!! You can have/do/be anything but not just because you are perfect and deserve it for merely walking the earth, you have to work…you can stand up for yourself, but you can be respectful and adult about it(unless you are being robbed, then put a foot in their a**!) and you can speak your mind, mindfully!
Being lazy is disrespectful to others and yourself, show some dignity kids…the only people who think your behavior is “cool” are your peers and not all of them mind you…and when those little jerks grow up they will regret this behavior as much as you will! Remember, the people who will hire you, promote you, aid you, etc..will most likely be people who are older and DONT think this crap is cool and you will be a loser! I am in total agreement with this teacher, these kids need a wake-up call! Oh yeah, the parents too!!!

Jilly February 17, 2011, 9:30 AM

BTW, if a teacher called my kid lazy, I would probably take it as…hey your kid could do better, he is smarter than this, just not putting in the effort. My child is a reflection of my teachings, I better get on top of MY job!

Kristen February 17, 2011, 11:26 AM

This is why we homeschool…..because I’m not interested in my children being around kids like that. I also want my children to enjoy and love learning, schools do not offer that opportunity because they are too busy dealing with the kids who cussing, arguing and all around lazy. Good for this teacher!

Desiree Fawn February 17, 2011, 11:57 AM
Anon February 21, 2011, 5:32 PM

She’s right. They were little poopheads in the nineties, and they still are. They whine, moan, complain and disrupt class. Making it hard for the rest of us, who want to learn. They were the reason why I didnt become a teacher.

XXXX February 23, 2011, 9:06 AM

Teachers are WHINERS!!!!!


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