Monday, February 14, 2011

Do they really think that?

Natalie Munroe made a wee bit of a mistake when she blogged about her experience as a teacher.  She lit up the universe.  Not only did she try and reflect on her experience as an educator, she openly went after students, admin, teachers, the Easter Bunny; everybody with a pulse was fair game in the world of Ms. Munroe.  Eventually the attacks caught up with her and now Ms. Munroe is on leave until, well, whenever. 
Did Natalie go overboard with her comments?  Yes and no.  You simply can’t go after certain kids for liability issues and calling out your boss is a great way of finding the back end of the unemployment line.  However Ms. Munroe did make some interesting points about the overall tone of students today.  Yes, students are much more enabled than in the past.  And yes, students are coming into schools with less and less manners, respect, or self-control.  I listened two weeks ago to a group of kindergarten teachers expressing major concern that eventually it will be all babysitting because the simple act of respect for authority doesn’t exist in most kids anymore.  Parents won’t teach it. 
Natalie’s postings included “alternative comments” for report cards.  Usually report card comments are vague and generalized.  Hers weren’t. 

  • 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.




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  • Seems smarter than she actually is.




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  • Has a massive chip on her shoulder.



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  • 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.



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  • Has no business being in Honors.



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  • A complete and utter jerk in all ways. Although academically ok, your child has no other redeeming qualities.



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  • Lazy.



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  • Shy isn't cute in 11th grade; it's annoying. Must learn to advocate for himself instead of having Mommy do it.



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  • One of the few students I can abide this semester!



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  • Two words come to mind: brown AND nose.



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  • Dunderhead.



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  • Complainer.



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  • Gimme an A. I. R. H. E. A. D. What's that spell? Your kid!



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  • There is such a thing as too loud in oral presentations. We shouldn't need earplugs.



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  • Att-i-tude!



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  • Nowhere near as good as her sibling. Are you sure they're related?



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  • I won't even remember her name next semester if I see her in the hall.



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  • Asked too many questions and took too long to ask them. The bell means it's time to leave!



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  • Has no business being in Academic.



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  • Rat-like.



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  • Lazy asshole.



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  • Just as bad as his sibling. Don't you know how to raise kids?



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  • Sneaky, complaining, jerkoff.



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  • Frightfully dim.



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  • Dresses like a street walker.



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  • Whiny, simpering grade-grubber with an unrealistically high perception of own ability level.



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  • One of the most annoying students I've had the displeasure of being locked in a room with for an extended time.



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  • Rude, beligerent, argumentative fuck.



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  • Tactless.



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  • Weirdest kid I've ever met.



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  • Am concerned that your kid is going to come in one day and open fire on the school. (Wish I was kidding.)



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  • I didn't realize one person could have this many problems.



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  • Your daughter is royalty. (The Queen of Drama)



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  • Liar and cheater.



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  • Unable to think for himself.



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  • I hear the trash company is hiring...



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  • Utterly loathsome in all imaginable ways.



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  • I called out sick a couple of days just to avoid your son.



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  • There's no other way to say this: I hate your kid.


  • Ouch. 
    Now, the question comes up, “Do teachers actually feel this way about students”?  For 95% of students, no.  Part of the problem that Natalie Munroe suffers from failing to remember that at one time, she was also a teenager.  And while that doesn’t excuse mean spirited antics, it does raise the curtain on certain behaviors from students.  After remembering that these kids are teenagers, teachers then need to remember not to take things personally.  They are kids after all.  The other 5% needs to be treated consistently, and if they manage to really distract the other 95%, removed from class fairly quick.  Blasting teenage behavior online isn’t going to get it done.
    Let’s also remember this, kids can be little shits.  Yes, yours too.  Usually, the worst little shits are those whose parents pretty much let them get away with it.  And while it’s now politically correct to act like you care about Education, parents don’t necessarily follow the ides of political correctness.  They often want their kids to be “educated” following the parameters dictated by ski week, Senioritis, mission trips to Mexico, or any number of excuses that trip up our ability to meet the demands of politicos.  And while people might hate the message set about by Natalie Munroe, they might do well to read between the lines and realize that many will admit that if allowed, they will try and get away with quite a lot. 
    By the way, you know why I don’t mind most of this behavior?  Simple.  I was a little shit in high school.   
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