Happy Thursday, everyone!
Have you heard about the Pennsylvania teacher under fire for blogging about her students? While she didn’t name the students and the blog was intended for friends and family, Natalie Munroe has been suspended with pay and isn’t backing down from what she wrote.
“My students are out of control,” Munroe, who has taught 10th, 11th and 12th grades, wrote in one post. “They are 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.”
And in another post, Munroe — who is more than eight months pregnant — quotes from the musical “Bye Bye Birdie”: “Kids! They are disobedient, disrespectful oafs. Noisy, crazy, sloppy, lazy LOAFERS.”
She also listed some comments she wished she could post on student evaluations, including: “I hear the trash company is hiring”; “I called out sick a couple of days just to avoid your son”; and “Just as bad as his sibling. Don’t you know how to raise kids?”
Some people are saying Munroe has no business being a teacher; others are praising her for telling it like it is. Me, I think teachers are human and allowed to get frustrated. It’s unfortunate that she chose to vent on a blog, but I don’t think this should mean the end of her teaching career.
What do you think about this teacher train wreck?
We’ve talked before about the Mean Girls phenomenon, and I for one am SO glad those days are behind me.
Not so fast, according to this article, which says the Mean Girl phenomenon is alive and well among the senior citizen set.
“It’s kind of an institutional thing,“ says gerontology expert Robin Bonifas, an assistant professor at Arizona State University School of Social Work, who’s currently researching senior-to-senior bullying. “It tends to take place in senior centers or nursing homes or assisted living facilities, places where they’re spending a lot of time and need to share resources, whether it’s chairs or tables or TV stations or staff attention.“
Mary Noriega, a 64-year-old from Phoenix, says she has had run-ins with a group of “mean girls“ at the senior complex where she and her husband moved a year and a half ago.
“I’ve endured a lot of bullying,“ she says. “There’s a clique here of probably 20 women and they feel they control the property. I’m their kicking stone.“
Noriega says the women in the group gossip about her (“One piece of gossip that went around was that we’d been evicted from our last apartment,“ she says); spread lies about her; discourage other residents from befriending her and give her dirty looks whenever she tries to use community facilities, like the rec room.
“No one should have to deal with the harassment I’ve endured,“ she says. “The first six months I lived here, I used to sit in my apartment and just cry. I’ve never dealt with anybody like this before.“
While explanations mostly boil down to human nature in all its flawed glory, dementia can also play a role in increased aggression. And of course, sometimes an a-hole is just an a-hole.
There’s also a tendency for people to become more and more uniquely themselves as they age, she says.
“Chances are, if you were kind of a nasty, selfish person throughout your adulthood, you’re probably not going to be the benign grandma type when you’re old,“ she says.
Have you encountered grown-up or even elderly bullies? Do you think personality flaws become more pronounced as we age?
Lastly, my prayers go out to Lara Logan in the wake of her unspeakably horrific attack at the hands of a mob while covering the Egyptian revolution.
Just as awful is the incessant victim-blaming that Logan’s attack has prompted. Scores of trolls and insensitive asshats saying that a blonde, attractive woman had no business being there, and what about her kids? What was she thinking putting her job before her kids?
I have nothing but admiration for Logan’s dogged dedication, and found this CafeMom column spot on.
In a world where moms are told more times than not that we ought to stay in the kitchen, stick close to home, and keep ourselves safe, Amanpour and Logan are doing the opposite. They are purposely going into harm’s way to serve a greater good and they are paying dearly…
Television journalist Bob Woodruff is a father and no one questioned his decision to be in Iraq when he was critically wounded by a roadside bomb. Anderson Cooper was attacked in Egypt and though he isn’t a father, no one mentioned the way he looked or suggested it as the reason he was targeted…
Fear is paralyzing and if someone doesn’t have that holding them back, then more power to them. Logan has courage and strength, and in the end, if bad were to befall her, her son and daughter would know their mother was undaunted by fear, that she was willing to stand up to the naysayers and put her life on the line for the greater good. That isn’t stupid. That is brave, so amazingly brave. She is so much braver than most of us, and rather than piling on her, we should be thanking god that there are people like her who are so willing to sacrifice in order to get information to us.
What’s on your mind today? Chat away!