This article got mentioned in Monica Hesse’s web chat today; it’s a good reminder to never blog at school, to never blog mad. It makes me especially glad that I’m anonymous, though I know that’s no guarantee of job security if I totally goof up.
gjmueller: Not to be snarky, but you’re not anonymous. I think being careful what you post is always a good rule, because I can’t imagine ever blogging negatively about a student (let alone use the adjectives she chose from the article). You decide how much risk you’re willing to take on when you put anything, under any pseudonym, online.
I’ve gone back and forth about this a lot since I’ve started my blog. Initially mine was very anonymous. But, as it’s become more of a life blog than an education only blog, I’m not so anonymous…I’m pretty out there. But, keeping in mind what my job is, I’m mindful of what I post in the education community. I’ve even gone back and made some posts private or deleted them because I questioned if they were appropriate.
Had to reblog this… are people really not understanding why she got suspended? I simply don’t get it… This woman said horrible and hateful things about her STUDENTS who— by the way— were old enough to navigate the Internet and are at the age where they’re actually interested in looking for teacher blogs. Not only was it condescending and horrifying, but they were laced with profanity and a sense of hopelessness for her students. Maybe it’s just the media’s spin on it, but this lady should be nowhere NEAR children. Coddling? Are you kidding me?
Listen… I’ve been working with kids for about 6 years now… not a lot of time, but I’ve had quite a few kids in recreational and educational settings. Do you know how many of them I’ve actually DISLIKED? 2. And if I’m going to rant and rave about how terrible they are and how much I can’t stand them, I’m going to be at a friend’s house, or on the phone with someone, or somewhere NOT ON PUBLIC DOMAIN. It’s just common sense, and she’s clearly lacking it.
I truly hope that she and her family are able to sustain themselves and provide for their children, but I think it’s a blessing that she is no longer teaching.
Thanks, Natalie Munroe….as if teachers weren’t getting berated enough!
that moment when you realize the county isn’t going to hire you and you didn’t take you GREs in time to apply for grad school (which you don’t even want to do anyway, it just seemed like it was the next logical step) and now you basically have another 7 months of aimlessness.
“When we scold our schoolteachers about the low reading scores of their students, we pretend that it is the easiest thing in the world: to teach a person to read and write. Try it sometime, and you will discover that it is nearly impossible.”—Kurt Vonnegut (via rabhelpants)
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“I am glad that my hero showed himself not too reasonable at that moment, for any man of sense will always come back to reason in time but, if love does not gain the upper hand in a boy’s heart at such an exceptional moment, when will it?”—The Brothers Karamazov- Fyodor Dostoevsky
“We are accustomed to such crimes! That’s what’s so horrible, that such dark deeds have ceased to horrify us. What ought to horrify us is that we are so accustomed to it, and not this or that isolated crime. What are the causes of our indifference, our lukewarm attitude to such deeds, to such signs of the times, ominous of an unenviable future? Is it our cynicism, is it the premature exhaustion of intellect and imagination in a society that is sinking into decay, in spite of its youth? Is it that our moral principles are shattered to their foundations, or is it, perhaps, a complete lack of such principles among us?”—The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky
“People talk to you a great deal about your education, but some good, sacred memory preserved from childhood, is perhaps the best education. If a man carries many such memories with him into life, he is safe to the end of his days, and if one has only one good memory left in one’s heart, even that may be sometime the means of saving us.”—The Brothers Karamazov- Fyodor Dostoevsky
“Do you know I’ve been sitting here thinking to myself that if I didn’t believe in life, if I lost faith in the woman I love, lost faith in order of things, were convinced, in fact, that everything is a disorderly, damnable, and perhaps devil-ridden chaos, if I were struck by every horror of man’s disillusionment— still I should want to live and, having once tasted of the cup, I would not turn away from it till I had drained it.”—The Brother’s Karamazov- Dostoevksy
“The stupider one is the closer one is to reality. The stupider one is, the clearer one is. Stupidity is brief and artless, while intelligence wriggles and hides itself. Intelligence is a knave, but stupidity is honest and straightforward.”—The Brothers Karamazov- Dostoevsky
i know i’ll probably sound outdated or lame, but for the life of me, i really cannot understand why people don’t use AIM anymore. really?! facebook chat?! there’s no way to leave passive-aggressive away messages on facebook.
“sooo yesterday, i was at a class at my church, and my boyfriend was supposed to drive over and meet me for the service. well, at the end of class he’s like “oooh yeah… i can’t make it” and i just sat there like, “fuck.” because i surprisingly don’t know anybody in my congregation because i’m so cool and antisocial and just the thought of all these people i don’t know and hanging out with them and singing and stuff, i just couldn’t do it. so i tried to sneak back to my car, but little did i know, i parked next to this guy who was in my class who goes to the 8 30 service. and he just gave me this odd look. i just lied and said i had to go to work, but seriously i got in the car like lol, pathetic. oh dearie.”—
“This is what knowledge really is, it is finding out something for oneself with pain, with joy, with exultancy, with labor, and with all the little ticking, breathing moments of our lives, until it is ours as that only is ours which is rooted in the structure of our lives. Knowledge is a potent and subtle distillation of experience, a rare liquor, and it belongs to the person who has the power to see, think, feel, taste, smell, and observe for himself, and who has hunger for it.”—
Thomas Wolfe - The Web and the Rock
You can read all the books in the world, but what is it versus going out and DOING? Broaden your horizons.
“All the grandeur and the misery; the high aspiration and the base desire; the noble work and the ignoble strivings for mean ends; the terror, violence, and brute corruption, and the innocence, the hope, the dreaming, and the loveliness; the huge accomplishment and a constant raw, unfinished of things still doing, never ended, getting done— all of it was here, and so to her the city was America.”—Thomas Wolfe - The Web and the Rock