Apparently, she referred to her students as "rude, lazy, disengaged whiners." She also is quoted as saying, "There's no other way to say this, I hate your kid."
These are just a few of the things she's said, but, according to reports, she has been blogging since 2009 about her students. Because of this, parents, teachers, and administrators are calling for her resignation. Others want her fired immediately.
But why penalize her for using her right to freedom of speech? Blogging is just one of many ways that American's voice their opinions. Bloggers are allowed to write and rant about politics, parenting, religion, marriage, and countless other topics, but if she talks about our kids, more than likely only stating the truth, we want her fired? I think it's outrageous that she is not granted the same freedom of speech as the rest of us because she is a teacher.
In her interview with Good Morning America, she stated that the administration continuously swept problems under the rug. Doesn't that sound like a typical school district? Always refusing to deal with problems until they make the school look bad.
Coupled with the fact that she is pregnant with her second child, I'm sure she just needed an outlet to vent her frustrations. Middle school and high school students are a tough age to teach. I've substitute taught for these age groups (working toward becoming a high school English teacher) and have walked away many times thinking the very same things that this teacher wrote in her blog. That doesn't mean that I don't love teaching and love students. But sometimes they are beyond frustrating.
How many of these parents would say the exact same things about their own child? There is an entire world of blogs where parents just complain about their kids. Parenting is tough. So is teaching.
The only problem I would have with her blog is if it's found that her negative attitude was being demonstrated in her classroom. Was she notorious for being negative toward her students? Was she apathetic and disengaged in her teaching? Did she treat the students poorly? Did she ever say these types of things to the students?
If not, then she is just another teacher who wrote her feelings down rather than vent them to other teachers in the teachers' lounge. If every teacher with negative feelings toward students were asked to resign, I doubt there'd be any teachers left.
Let's not be so hard on her and realize she was just writing what most of us think.
How do you feel about this? Do you think she should be allowed to blog about her career as a teacher and her feelings towards students? Should she resign?