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So What If Our Kids ARE All Lazy Whiners?!!

So What If Our Kids ARE All Lazy Whiners?!!

Not since last year when Steven Slater, the Jet Blue flight attendant who unceremoniously quit his job with a royal “FU” to his employer and a planeload of passengers, has there been such an incident of public servant uproar as what occurred last week in suburban Philadelphia. Seems that Pennsylvania English teacher, Natalie Munroe, was suspended by her employer over profanity-laced posts on her own personal blog, which took her students to task for their disobedience and general laziness. According to Munroe’s writings, her students are not only “noisy, crazy, sloppy, lazy LOAFERS” but they routinely, “curse, discuss drugs, talk back, argue for grades, complain about everything, fancy themselves entitled to whatever they desire and are just generally annoying.”

Munroe’s moment in the spotlight was obviously inspired, as much out of sheer frustration, as it was by the desire to create a sort of rabid manifesto akin to a Jerry Maguire’s mission statement. Not satisfied with just a litany of complaints and grievances of her own, Munroe posted a fairly snarky list of some of the things she would ‘like to see added to the canned comment list’ for report cards ‘as an accurate reflection of what we really want to say to these parents’.

Here are a few of these Munroe sanctioned additions to the student report card:

• ‘A complete and utter j**k in all ways. Although academically ok, your child has no other redeeming qualities’
• ‘Lazy’
• ‘Two words come to mind: brown AND nose’
• ‘Gimme an A. I. R. H. E. A. D. What’s that spell? Your kid!’
• ‘Asked too many questions and took too long to ask them. The bell means it’s time to leave!’
• ‘Rat-like’
• ‘Lazy a**hole’

Munroe also took issue with the parents of some of her less ideal students when she wrote, “Parents are more trying to be their kids’ friends and less trying to be their parent,” Munroe said, also noting students’ lack of patience. “They want everything right now. They want it yesterday.”

Without question, a teacher’s job is never easy, and oftentimes made enormously more difficult by the demands and insubordination of troubled students. Teachers deserve a break for their sometime thankless job. That said, it is hard to see the constructive nature of these comments. Intended to be a wake up call of sorts from the beleaguered Munroe (she is totally unapologetic about what she wrote and stands behind the sentiments as much as the language she used) this stab in the eye of school administrators, parents, and of course students will not likely change policy or minds. More than likely it will give Munroe a certain amount of notoriety and fleeting fame (as well as a few nasty looks from parents at the grocery store) but change things, it will not. Is being shamed publicly the way towards any constructive change, especially when it involves disaffected students and their indignant parents? While Munroe was certainly entitled to her opinion (and likely deserved much better) was it appropriate for her to make such a brutal attack on the people she is so desperately trying to teach? Has anyone learned anything from this?

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Eric Steinman

Eric Steinman is a freelance writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. He regularly writes about food, music, art, architecture, and culture and is a regular contributor to Bon App้tit among other publications.


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3:16AM PST on Jan 14, 2012

For a long time children can not get along with teachers, the sad part is that for anything just because the teacher pulls the child can not be hit if junior, etc and it is annoying because they have virtually no limits should be some balance

10:00AM PST on Jan 11, 2012

I couldn't agree more with the teacher. I'm going to try to keep this short because I know I'll rant a lot about this. Kids today are unbelievably spoiled by their parents. Ridiculous amount. Your 16 yr old teen doesn't need a new phone or ipod because she lost it, forgot it anywhere but home(and probably stolen by the time you get back) or because they got it wet when they spilled their soda on it. They're now young adults that are more than capable of doing chores without expecting a reward for their good deeds. They complain about everything and parents let them get away with things. They aren't taught responsibility for their own actions and possessions. They aren't educated in anything that makes people humans, our compassion, integrity, hard work....There's more to list but I'm sure you guys know what goes after. Conclusion of my rant: Raise your kids right.

8:29AM PDT on May 22, 2011


10:26PM PDT on Mar 30, 2011

A refreshing bit of honesty, even if stated in a somewhat coarse fashion. It's nice to hear that SOMEONE(s) is/are outraged by the lack of parenting, and the rather narcissistic tendencies being instilled by our fellow adults these days. It seems her tone was one of utter frustration, but the claims she makes are not baseless. It's hard for me to be outraged by the tone because what she's saying is true.

2:48AM PST on Feb 25, 2011

Oh, when I used to sub, I got so many kids like that it wasn't funny... While about 60% were good, the other 40% were too much, especially those at the academy...that's the school where they screw up once more, they go to prison. And there is a whole school, 7-12 grades... Amazing, isn't it?

Respect is taught, and it's usually in the home. If parents can't teach their kids to respect the teachers, maybe those parents better start home schooling. Then the teachers better do their job too, and do their jobs. I'm seeing this as more of a power struggle than anything...

9:26AM PST on Feb 24, 2011

This teacher doesn't apologize for her words, so she must feel they are warranted enough to put out there to share publicly. Though I do admit that a teachers job is difficult and that they must derive extreme patience in motivating the kids to move forward, the truth is, is that a majority of today's kids truly are just what she's said. It is believed that with this highly demanding and instantly getting technology generation that many kids truly have no respect for rules or adult/superior figures.

6:38AM PST on Feb 23, 2011

When someone is so exasperated as to actually throw in their livelihood I think they're entitled to blast it all over the web, and I hope her former students will read, take note and examine their consciences.

9:57AM PST on Feb 22, 2011

If parents took their job more serious, many of these issues would be gone Sad to say, when a child is allowed to be disrespectful at home, lazy and a whiner, then the teachers have an impossible job. A teachers job is not to raise your child for you, it is to teach them to be a productive human. Values and morals are a job for family.

8:05PM PST on Feb 21, 2011

She should have used more discretion but...................I guess you coan only take so much and you break

1:13PM PST on Feb 21, 2011

From what I've heard, Ms. Munroe did attempt to keep her comments private by not using her last name, the name of the school, or any student's names. Guess it wasn't as anonymous as she thought it would be. While she has a right to her opinions, perhaps she should have written them in a journal instead of posting on the web.

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