Doylestown, PA -- A high school English teacher for the Central Bucks School District has been suspended after creating a blog entry at work in which posts what she would really like to say on her student’s report cards instead of the “canned comments” she has to use.
Before I go on, let me say I’m not of the belief that all teenagers are attentive, respectful little angels who just want to come to school and fill their heads with knowledge to better their lives. For the most part, teenagers are assholes. Always have been, always will.
Because of this I understand completely why teachers get frustrated and fed up with dealing with a class full of students in which only 10 percent seem to want to actually get a passing grade, and only 1 percent of those have parents who give a crap.
Teaching is a tough, unappreciated job, no doubt about it. But Jesus Christ, you have to be a goddamn moron to take your gripes about your students and then post them on a blog for all to see, which is exactly what Natalie Munroe did.
The blog titled ‘WHERE ARE WE GOING, AND WHY ARE WE IN THIS HANDBASKET?” has has since been taken down (natalieshandbasket.blogspot.com) but not before it was seen by students and parents alike. The blog was just Natalie’s personal musings that were occasionally about her teaching at Central Bucks High School East.
The entry that got her suspended was one in which she posts what she’d like to add to report cards ‘as an accurate reflection of what we really want to say to these parents’. Some of these included her describing some of her students as “Lazy asshole,” “Rat-like,” and “argumentative fuck.”
She may be right about every one of her assessments, and I actually got a laugh from some of them. But I can imagine her lack of respect and, going from the blog overall tone, complete contempt is picked up by her students. This is apparent by a couple of comments left on the blog.
Because I know that a lot of you are curious as to what the blog said in its entirety, I have recreated it for you after the break (you can use Google cache to see it for yourself), along with the comments left before the blog was taken down. You’re welcome.
I’m in the process of entering grades, and also need to enter comments for the grades. I used to take a lot of time with this procedure, choosing just the right comment(s) for my students. If I put a negative one, I’d also put a positive one to temper it. (When I was in school, I hated when I got the same 2 or 3 comments from my teachers. It felt so insincere.)
(For the record, my computer froze and had to be shut down at work; when I rebooted, I didn’t bother signing back on to finish this as other things to do came up. At present, then, I’m not being a renegade at all, as I’m writing this at my kitchen table.)
Anyway, as I was saying, when I was first teaching, I put a lot of time and effort into the comments because I felt it was a great way to communicate the students’ efforts. Then it got to be a complete pain in the ass, just one more thing standing between me and being done the report cards, and suddenly I realized why I’d always gotten the same comments from my teachers: they didn’t want to do them any more than I do. (I refuse to believe the alternative reason that I’ll explore momentarily.)
Also, as the kids get worse and worse, I find that the canned comments don’t accurately express my true sentiments about them. So now I pretty much choose “Cooperative in Class” for every kid (or, in some instances, will speak in other codes. For instance, if they talk a lot, I’ll put “is easily distracted” or “talks persistently”; if it’s a kid that has no personality, I’ll put “ability to work independently”). For some kids, though, my scornful feelings reach such fever pitch that I have a hard time even putting “cooperative in class” and have, sadly, had some kids for which none of the comments fit. (Again, this was NOT me. It couldn’t have been. I was a delight!!)
Thus, for this blog, I will list the comments I’d like to see added to the canned comment list, as an accurate reflection of what we really want to say to these parents. Here they are, in no particular order:
- Concerned your kid is automaton, as she just sits there emotionless for an entire 90 minutes, staring into the abyss, never volunteering to speak or do anything.
- Seems smarter than she actually is.
- Has a massive chip on her shoulder.
- Too smart for her own good and refuses to play the school ‘game’ such that she’ll never live up to her true potential here.
- Has no business being in Honors.
- A complete and utter jerk in all ways. Although academically ok, your child has no other redeeming qualities.
- Shy isn’t cute in 11th grade; it’s annoying. Must learn to advocate for himself instead of having Mommy do it.
- One of the few students I can abide this semester!
- Two words come to mind: brown AND nose.
- Gimme an A. I. R. H. E. A. D. What’s that spell? Your kid!
- There is such a thing as too loud in oral presentations. We shouldn’t need earplugs.
- Nowhere near as good as her sibling. Are you sure they’re related?
- I won’t even remember her name next semester if I see her in the hall.
- Asked too many questions and took too long to ask them. The bell means it’s time to leave!
- Has no business being in Academic.
- Lazy asshole.
- Just as bad as his sibling. Don’t you know how to raise kids?
- Sneaky, complaining, jerkoff.
- Frightfully dim.
- Dresses like a street walker.
- Whiny, simpering grade-grubber with an unrealistically high perception of own ability level.
- One of the most annoying students I’ve had the displeasure of being locked in a room with for an extended time.
- Rude, beligerent, argumentative fuck.
- Weirdest kid I’ve ever met.
- Am concerned that your kid is going to come in one day and open fire on the school. (Wish I was kidding.)
- I didn’t realize one person could have this many problems.
- Your daughter is royalty. (The Queen of Drama)
- Liar and cheater.
- Unable to think for himself.
- I hear the trash company is hiring…
- Utterly loathsome in all imaginable ways.
- I called out sick a couple of days just to avoid your son.
- There’s no other way to say this: I hate your kid.
These comments, I think, would serve me well when filling out the cards. Only, I don’t think parents want to hear these truths.
Thus, the old addage… if you don’t have anything nice to say…
…say “cooperative in class.”
Posted by Natalie M at 9:01 AM
Labels: bad students, humor, school
Jamie Jenson said…
THESE WERE EFFING AWESOME!!! My fave: Gimme an A. I. R. H. E. A. D. What’s that spell? Your kid!
Jokes on you because this link is being cycled throughout the students of CB East via facebook. Have fun applying for unemployment.
“cooperative in class.”
February 8, 2011 5:54 PM
haha shes leaving due to being knocked up… she probably found a piece of toilet paper in the trash that a guy cleaned up after himself with and impregnated herself; i can think of no other way this homely ass cunt could get fucked
February 8, 2011 6:09 PM
Well..good luck getting a job as a teacher anywhere else.
If you’re in a school district as prestigious as CB East, you should act like it and stop blubbering to people who couldn’t care less about your life.
Just because you hate your job, doesn’t make it okay to whine about it on the internet.
And I can guarantee that at least 50% of the students you just spent making fun of will become a lot more successful than you.
How sad is it that you’re way too busy blogging about your students that you have no time to actually leave a mark/make a difference on their lives. I can’t imagine that you do not aspire to be that one teacher that changes someone’s life, and if you do not..why are you a teacher?
If you hate kids, your own intellect would tell you to choose a career avoiding them.
February 8, 2011 6:16 PM
Why would you waste your time blogging about how we are belligerent fucks (you spelled belligerent wrong dumbass)? You should be spending your time helping out students instead of insulting them on here. You have cheated, screwed, and under-cut every single one of your students this year. And i speak for everyone when i say you were a douche to all of your students in class and made no effort to help any of us achieve our academic goals. Maybe you should learn to teach and be compassionate with your students. Respect goes a long way, and the only way people will respect you is if you respect them (too late). Have a nice life. Good luck with the inner-city shithole they call a school in philly.
February 8, 2011 6:35 PM
Students suck almost as much as teachers who think they’re god and spend more time trying (and failing) to control their class than actually teaching. I feel bad for her and all the other bad teachers who just don’t get that.
February 8, 2011 6:45 PM
Hey, I remember you. This is Jeff Shoolbraid talking, just so you know I’m not hiding behind a computer screen and just randomly bashing you. I’m not sure if you remember me, but you were by far the worst teacher I’ve ever had because you were simply a cunt. Turns out my assumption was correct. Though, if I just sit here and call you names and such it really doesn’t prove any points and makes me essentially as unintelligent as you. It also doesn’t really solve too much, but now that it’s out of the way, here are my just as pointless two cents: Students can be a pain, but it’s your job to deal with them. So this means it’s your job to deal with the assholes, weird kids, drama queens, quiet kids, and so on. The students, on the other hand, don’t really owe you anything. You see, as a teacher, the world should not revolve around you. You should revolve around the students’ lives. Sure, maybe kids treat you like shit, or don’t give a shit in general as far as the class goes, but you have to remember the demographic here. You’re teaching high school kids. These are the rebellious/self involved/self discovering times in there lives. They are transitioning from being kids to adults. So sorry if they don’t exactly know how to go about being interested in a high school English class. You need to give them a reason to give a fuck, and this starts with showing respect to them, which involves a little bit of extra work on your part. Though, if you’re not willing to do that, I don’t blame you. I for one don’t know what it’s like from a teacher’s prospective like yours, and I’d believe you if you said it was tough. Maybe teaching isn’t cut out for you though. It doesn’t give you the right to virtually abuse your class via an internet blog, which is just tacky by the way. It also doesn’t give you the right to rob you students of a solid high school education. It’s not a students’ job to please you, it’s your job to get a student an A to the best of your ability in a reasonable fashion. So sure, some students may still not give a shit. If so, give them an F. Some students might still be assholes, but I had a pretty good relationship with Silverfox and all the principles at the school (not in a bad way) and I know they’re all more than capable with dealing with those kids. And sure, some kids still might be drama queens (and kings, lets keep it pc) but hell, that’s life. I also heard that this little stunt is getting your fired, and to all the students and parents that you’ve pissed off over the years, I’m going to take this opportunity to say good riddance!
PS. Presidents have something to do with politics, I hope you’ve learned this by now.
February 8, 2011 7:53 PM
wow ur future as a teacher is pretty muched fucked at this point. i dont even go to east
February 8, 2011 7:55 PM
Real Classy Ms. Munroe. I just have to say that I am very disappointed by this. I originally didn’t completely loath you like the rest of the junior class, but my feelings have now changed. I don’t appreciate how in a previous post you stated that describing teachers and administrators with four letter words was inappropriate, is describing your own students with these same words acceptable? How’s that for a rhetorical question?
Also, how could you not have even thought to delete this? The worst of the posts are from a year ago, why didn’t you delete them? It’s understandable to want to talk about your day at work, but the internet, seriously? By the way, what is my “cooperative in class” comment mean?
“A complete and utter jerk in all ways. Although academically ok, your child has no other redeeming qualities.” well I don’t believe an hour and a half a day for half a year can really lead you to a point where you can see a person’s full character, you can’t make those types of assumptions.
“Asked too many questions and took too long to ask them. The bell means it’s time to leave!” FYI your job is to teach.
and the classiest “Rude, beligerent, argumentative fuck.” you tried to throw in a few “big words” but the final four letter word makes up for it.
I am not going to call make up some “comment” to describe your teaching skills, personality, or character because I only spent an hour and a half each day for a semester with you. Just a small part of my day, and an even smaller part of my life. I can’t judge you from just that… But your blog(this post alone) gives me a better and full picture.
P.S. How was my use of ethos, pathos and logos?
February 8, 2011 8:19 PM
Hit the screenshot button so many times, it’s borderline rape.
February 8, 2011 9:21 PM
Why in gods name would you become a teacher if you have so many problems with all your students. This is insane, I’m a senior at cb east right now and I’m almost positive you’re leaving this school with me after this year.. sad thing is, I’m actually going to do something with my life.. you just ruined your chances. It’s really sad that a 17 year old girl like myself can be more mature than a grown freaking woman like you. I’m just glad i had Hendrickson and Rosini my first couple years at East, I couldn’t stand the thought of someone like you secretly bashing me and my classmates. Shame on you.
February 8, 2011 9:23 PM
Jimmy Haber said…
Seeing as I was never a student of yours (I don’t even go to CB East, I’m currently at West), i cannot correctly comment on your personality, but i do feel I am allowed to comment on what you’ve posted. Let me see if i can break down a few of these and figure out where you went wrong and how royally screwed you and your alleged “child to be” are.
“I’m being a renegade right now, living on the edge and, um, blogging AT work.
However, as I’m blogging about work stuff, I give myself a free pass of conscience.” – Here’s where you went wrong right off the bat. Even if you were blogging from school, don’t make it publicly known, especially when you’re going to go on and completely defame many of your previous students. It’s kind of the same reason why someone, working at any other job, who decides to go shopping on work time wouldn’t brag about it in front of their boss.
Now I’m not gonna comment on every bullet, but i’ll comment on a few of the “most important” ones.
“Rude, beligerent, argumentative fuck.” – You’re an english teacher, trying to insult a student, and you misspell a commonly used word? Maybe english isn’t the subject for you.
“There’s no other way to say this: I hate your kid.” – There’s no other way to say this: Teaching isn’t the profession for you.
“A complete and utter jerk in all ways. Although academically ok, your child has no other redeeming qualities.” – Do you have a degree in psychology? Because, without one, I’m nearly positive that you have no ability to judge a person’s character after 90 minutes a day for 5 days a week, in 18 weeks.
“Asked too many questions and took too long to ask them. The bell means it’s time to leave!” – How would you define your job as a teacher then? Is it not your job to further a students learning as much as you possibly can? If you don’t like questions (which by the way, if you didn’t know, help kids learn. a LOT) then how do you expect to further their learning?
You don’t deserve your job, you “beligerent” “teacher”. I seriously hope the next time i hear about you is when I hear you’ve been fired, hopefully even sued. (for the defamation of character against a certain coworker named Bill that you blogged about in another post.) Enjoy taking care of your kid on minimum wage!
P.S. In case you try to get “smart” (which i believe you truly aren’t), I’ve already screen capped every incriminating post so you can’t get away from this.
HAVE A NICE LIFE! =]
February 8, 2011 9:39 PM
So much for your “good name” which you wrote about in previous blogs. I am quite certain that after this blog is exposed, your “good name” will be completely worthless. You are a sad excuse for an educator. Due to the unprofessional nature of this blog, I sense that your teaching career will soon be going down the drain. Therefore, I extend to you this piece of advice for your own future employment opportunities, and I quote you on this, “I hear the trash company is hiring..”
February 8, 2011 9:46 PM
So what do you think after reading all of that? Should it be her right to post what she wants on her own blog without losing her teaching position? Personally, I feel that even if she is 100% correct with her descriptions, she has no business teaching kids and I agree with her suspension. Not even because of the negative comments, but the fact she was dumb enough to post them in public. She has obviously given up and taking a position away from someone with a little more intelligence and potentially better teaching abilities.Tags: blog, Crime, Pennsylvania, student, suspended, teacher