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Should Teacher Be Dismissed for Dissing Students?
Should Teacher Be Dismissed for Dissing Students?

My students are out of control. They are rude, disengaged, lazy whiners.

Should this English teacher be dismissed for dissing students on her blog? As a former high school English teacher myself, I give her an A+ for summarizing the state of American secondary education in such a direct, pithy manner.

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DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) - An English teacher suspended over blog postings in which she referred to students as "disengaged, lazy whiners" was reinstated because she has a legal right to her job, but dozens of students have already asked to be kept out of her classes, school officials said Wednesday.

Requests from students who ask not to be placed in Natalie Munroe's English and debate classes will be honored, Central Bucks East High School Principal Abe Lucabaugh said at a news conference. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that about 60 such requests have been made so far. In a statement, the district said Munroe was reinstated because she has a legal right to her job.

The district also said it would continue to monitor the environment at the school. In February, after her suspension, the district's superintendent had said it would be "impossible" for her to return after her maternity leave.

Munroe was suspended after the school became aware of her blog, in which she also described some students as "frightfully dim," `'whiny" and "tactless." On the blog, "Where Are We Going & Why Are We in This Handbasket," Munroe wrote under the name "Natalie M." and did not identify her school, district, colleagues, or students. But the blog did include her picture.

"My students are out of control," Munroe 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."

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?"

Last week, her attorney, Steven L. Rovner, announced that Munroe was being reinstated and that she was mulling what to do next. Rovner had said that he thought the best situation was for her to return to a different school in the district, but that school officials told him that was not an option. Munroe has not commented on the decision.       ---      

Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.philly.com



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