Thursday, 17 February 2011
Teacher, Natalie Munroe, in Pennsylvania was fired over blogging about her students. The story is split 50/50 in the media. Some are applauding her and some people are understandably upset.
I don't think names were mentioned but I'm about 90% on the side of the upset people. As a student and blogger, I'm currently thinking 4 things:
1) We cant trust her to keep anything confidential (aside from abuse of course)
2) she's making the whole school look bad and that may not be the case
3) Who knows what else she goes around saying
4) How is she acting towards the students to get the reactions she does?
There's 2 sides to every story and not every personality mixes well.
As a blogger who has vented about school, work and everything in between, I understand her dilemmas. I have friends who are teachers but you have to have common sense before you post. You never know who goes through your facebook and even protected blogs aren't 100% secure. Natalie Munroe had that blog for friends and family so someone either turned her in or someone found it and reported it.
Since the early 2000s blogs have been taken seriously and used as court evidence so even if it's a joke or the heat of the moment thing, it'll come back to bite you later.
I support free speech 100% but when you talk about others in print, it becomes a libel case. I agree with a suspension until more develops but this could be a huge wake up call to educators. Some people aren't meant to teach and deal with difficult students and THAT'S OK!!
We all have limits to what we can handle or what to do. If it becomes that bad, get a new assignment or try a new field. I have a feeling Ms. Munroe may possibly go through a legal suit if some parents jump on the wagon too.
As a parent, how would you feel if your child's teacher blogged about your kids or what went on in school in a negative way? Do you support Natalie Munroe? Why or why not?