Teacher suspended over "lazy whiners" blog post is reinstated

PHILADELPHIA Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:21pm EDT

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PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A high school English teacher suspended from her job after she blogged that her suburban Philadelphia students were "rude, disengaged, lazy whiners" will head back to her classroom next month.

The blog by teacher Natalie Munroe set off a firestorm of complaints and she was suspended with pay earlier this year. "My students are out of control," she had written.

Munroe, however, has some concerns about returning to Central Bucks East High School when school resumes on August 30 after having been escorted from the building in February, her lawyer Steven Rovner said on Thursday.

"She wants to be an effective teacher and does not know what environment she will be going back to," said Rovner, who added that Munroe was not available for comment.

Munroe had a baby girl in March, and the Central Bucks School District said that after an investigation about her blog, she had been placed on a maternity leave.

The district scheduled a news conference next week about her return, but declined further comment for now, a spokeswoman said.

Meanwhile, Munroe is back to blogging, this time outlining the sequence of events that led to her return. She said she had to contact the district five times about returning, and did not portray the series of phone calls as a happy event.

Still, Rovner said, "She's a teacher and will be glad to be going back to the classroom."

He would prefer that she work in one of the district's other high schools, Rovner said.

"As a teacher, she is like a celebrity now," he said. "Emotions would not be as high if she went to another school."

(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Cynthia Johnston)

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Comments (5)
RussD wrote:
This proves that the “liberal”"educationist” fascists aren’t as rational as they pretend, or there’d be no problem with her return considering that her comments about her students are irrefutable fact about most government school kids (and “teachers”!) in the US where tested PhDs have been shown to be UNABLE to pass college ENTRANCE exams from the 18th century. And they’re teaching our kids?! When these clowns try to pretend they’re more knowledgeable than our Founders they should be laughed to scorn.

Jul 28, 2011 3:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
krullkk wrote:
You know if the truth hurts then feel the pain. I have seen the biggest change in our youth since I was in High School 15 years ago. They are so disrespectful and they all think that they are owed something from everyone. They have not had to work for anything in thier lives. Everything is given to them. It will all change when this nation defaults and it will be more expensive to keep on living thei way some do. I would like to see the parents of those kids get up in front of them and give a period of instruction and see how the children really are. It might be just a little bit enlightening.

Jul 28, 2011 3:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
WhatsNextNow wrote:
Does that school have an attorney? I’m surprised that she hasn’t sued the district… There’s something in the country called “free speech” and denying it [although it happens everyday] is a violation of the law. I am glad that she got an early vacation from the wining parents and kids. The comments she made is shared by countless teachers. Unfortunately, the media would rather focus their coverage on urban schools where comments as “disengaged”, “lazy”, “rude” would be received as “typical” – works for stereotypes and elevating oneself.

There’s a problem in American schools, and it starts at home…

Jul 28, 2011 4:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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