We all need to vent – right, MAMAS? Well, a suburban high school English teacher has been suspended with pay after her blog was discovered to contain negative comments about her students. Natalie Munroe is fighting for her job and claiming that her “harmless” blog, which did not name any students, was meant to start a conversation about the fact that students are unwilling to work hard at school. So, when she called them “disengaged, lazy, whiners” (among other juicy things) she is unapologetic. Many are calling her blog irresponsible and unethical. Schools, including Munroe’s own, have not really developed protocol or rules governing teacher’s online behavior. Guess it’s time to figure some of those things out?!
We are supposed to “think before we speak,” or in this case, blog! MAMAs expect teachers to be modeling good behavior, like self control, to our kids. We get it, kids are tough and they test our patience. Hanging out with kids all day is a teacher’s job, just like it’s a MAMAs job, and some days the job stinks. Sometimes we vent to friends about the bad days, but we try not to take it out on the kids. We’re not always perfect, but when we screw up, we cop to it and we say sorry. Not necessarily for the way we feel, but for what we say or how we say it. We need to be constructive because our kids are learning from us. This teacher, instead of elevating the conversation to an adult level, went “tweener” on her blog and started calling kids name. Yuck!
By the way, Mrs. Munroe, kids don’t allow themselves to be lazy, unmotivated, rude, bratty, bad students….we do that. Parents and, yes – teachers, too. Teachers spend the most time with our kids during the day, so demeaning and disrespecting them, and their parents, through a blog…instead of figuring out how to solve the problems by working together to benefit them, motivate them and empower them to do better and be better…means YOU are a disengaged, lazy, whiner, too!