Natalie Munroe is No Hero!

I can’t believe the amount of support blogger Natalie Munroe is receiving after she was caught complaining about her students on a public blog.

Sure, she may not have named them when she called them “… 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.”

She didn’t even use her full name.  So what did she do wrong?

When you write a blog that complains about the people you work with or for, be very careful that the secret doesn’t come out.  When a school board is presented with complaints from parents who were angry that their children were insulted online, they have no choice but to issue a suspension.  It’s a really bad look – especially from a teacher.

Ms. Munroe’s defenders say she was just telling the truth.  Firstly, she wasn’t telling the truth.  Truth applies to fact, this is opinion.  The old adage that one’s opinions is best left to one’s self certainly applies here.  The school would look ridiculous if they allowed Ms. Monroe to write what she likes and they certainly couldn’t have defended it on the basis of truth.

But many disagree with me

However, it is high time for teachers to speak up even at the loss of their jobs. United in this effort, they could turn the tables and help students achieve better educations. And they could have a better, safer, environment.

It might be noted here that she did not direct her statements to any specific student. There has been a Facebook group organized to support her.

Every classroom in America is filled with students like this, and sometimes it must be like working in a zoo. It might be an easier job than trying to reach and teach kids who could care less about school, respecting those in authority, and those who hold back other students who really want to learn.

This is not the forum for teachers to have a go at their own students.  If they disguise their comments in general statements about the nature of kids in modern society that is acceptable, but when they make judgements about the personalities and behaviours of their own students, they must accept the consequences of these revelations should they reach the parents.

My own take on this is that she made a mistake.  She is not a bad person or necessarily a bad teacher.  Whilst it’s not a good look for a teacher to be caught out venting their frustration, it happens all the time, and given the time, place and circumstance it won’t lead to suspension.  But seriously, Natalie Munroe is no hero!


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5 Responses to “Natalie Munroe is No Hero!”

  1. leahrayanne Says:

    Thank you for this post. I agree with you wholeheartedly. I just blogged yesterday about my struggles in classroom management as a new student teacher. As frustrated as I may be with a particular student (and there IS a particular student), it’s nothing compared with the frustration I feel with myself for not yet being able to find a way to make her come alive. Does that make any sense? I know that she’s disruptive because she’s bored, and she’s been bored in school since about second grade (she’s now in sixth). I know this doesn’t excuse rude or disrespectful behavior, but the school system and teachers (myself included) certainly aren’t excused either. What do you think?

    • Michael G. Says:

      Thank you leahrayanne for your comment. Whilst it doesn’t excuse her behaviour, the way I deal with this scenario is to get to know the child. Find out what she likes/dislikes, what she’s good at, the names of her pets,what she’s listening to on her i-Pod etc … She is probably so used to confronting teachers who are so guarded and negatively geared towards her that she has lost the experience of a teacher showing an interest in her and trying to connect with her in a positive way. This works for me, and often makes me appreciate the person so much more than what you would otherwise.

  2. novelideasandchildren Says:

    I have been in high school classrooms and seen the lack of interest and motivation in students. It does seem to be at a staggering percentage. However, when I wrote about it, I was dissapointed at the attitudes of parents and teachers. My concern was that these students were not being held to high expectations…..Basically it is not the fault of the kids! Even if a student is a high schooler, we cannot completely blame them for a lack of motivation. I think it is sad that by 30 years old Natalie Munroe has lost a passion for the job. With her blog she has lost the trust of her students, parents and school.

  3. kadja2 Says:

    I guess she should be grateful that she hasn’t been in some schools I’ve been in…Here is what many teachers in many districts deal with: One day a 5th grader ends up getting removed in handcuffs for threatening a teacher…NO control is shown over students fighting in the hallways for the most part. Teachers have NO back up from administration in many districts and some parents feel that their darling Johnny or Julie is exempt from the rules of the school. Regular, first year teachers tend to quit because admin is sometimes not supportive of the teacher. In fact I know of several schools in several districts that cannot find substitutes because it’s so bad. A person can love teaching and all that stuff, but when dealing with this day after day, teachers should get commendation medals just for surviving the day.

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