Education

Suspended Teacher Natalie Munroe Defends Blog Trashing Students

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A Pennsylvania teacher suspended for trashing her students on her blog is defending her actions. Natalie Munroe is angry about students who she thinks have a sense of entitlement.

Munroe had been blogging for nearly a year and a half, but officials at Central Bucks East High School only found out about it last week, and they quickly suspended her. Among other things, Munroe wrote that students were "disengaged, lazy whiners"

But in an interview with the Associated Press, the 30-year-old Munroe said, "The students are not being held accountable. They get angry when you ask them to think or be creative." 

Munroe said many students are given a free pass at school, as well as at home.

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"Parents are more trying to be their kids' friends and less trying to be their parent," Munroe said. "They want everything right now. They want it yesterday."

Munroe pointed out that she also said positive things about students. She admitted that she wrote many of the nasty things out of frustration.

One example:

My students are out of control. 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.

Munroe did not use her full name, nor did she identify any of her students or the school in the blog, which has since been taken down.

Munroe's attorney, Steven Rovner, said the district has led Munroe to believe that she will eventually lose her job. He claims this is a free speech issue.

"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."

Rovner said that he would consider legal action if Munroe is fired.

"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. She has a deep frustration for the educational system in America."