I read an article about a teacher who blogged about her students in very unflattering way to say the least and has been put on leave (Teacher suspended for bashing students on blog, defends herself for vicious jokes she calls ‘casual’). I have had a family member contact me about that story as well as a reader. Thanks for your concern!
When I first read about her, my mouth went dry. But I believe that I am different and what I did was totally the opposite of what she did.
First, I blogged anonymously for my students, not about them. I love my students dearly and care about their well-being.
Second, I have never mentioned a school district, a school, or a meal vendor by name on this blog. This blog is not a personal attack. It was an experiment to raise awareness about the school lunch that I saw at my school and that I felt was representative of many of the school lunch programs across the country (not all, but some).
Third, what the teacher/blogger said was terrible. Putting down children is something no teacher should ever do. It was really stupid, but it was free speech. I don’t think she will end up losing her job, but she’d be wise to pursue other employment.
Fourth, she probably doesn’t like her job if she’s openly critical of her students. She needs to think about changing careers. They are minors and even though her students are in high school, they are still children.
I chose my profession to make a difference. The children are why I’m there and why I love what I do. I don’t talk about them very often but I care about them deeply. Putting people down (kids or adults) doesn’t move anyone forward. In terms of this blog and its effect on my life, I think I’m more likely to leave my current teaching position and look for the same thing somewhere else than be fired.
I believe that school lunch reform goes hand-in-hand with educational reform. Education is about the kids, their futures, and the direction of our country. If that teacher thinks her students are “lazy whiners,” she needs to look in the mirror and figure out if maybe it’s her attitude that needs to change.
What do you think about what she did?