There have definitely been moments during my life that I've been frustrated by those around me, especially at work (where you are thrown into a situation with people who you didn't necessarily “choose” as friends), and most especially as a teacher. Kids do and say hurtful things sometimes.
It is frustrating when they don't retain simple information.
And why is it nearly impossible to turn in an assignment THE DAY IT'S DUE!
That said, having seen news accounts of Natalie Munroe, a Pennsylvania high school teacher who was suspended (with pay) for blog posts that revealed her true feelings for the students, parents, and administration of her school, I found myself asking, why did you become a teacher?
Opposers of my opinion may argue that Munroe's blog was created as her online journal- a place to vent about her dissatisfaction (or contentment... she discussed her “cute, spring-inspired outfit” in one of her posts) with her job or life in general. Can the administration (those that she refers to as a**holes) really see fit to fire her based on her own anger and profanity-laden assertions?
Though she didn't refer to any student by name, calling these children “dunderheads,” “complainers,” and “weird” can cause a massive dent in the esteem of the class as a whole, the exact opposite of what a teacher is supposedly setting out to do.
When a student does not turn in an assignment, perhaps one of the thoughts that goes through a teacher's mind is “lazy kid- just do the work!” In actuality, however, there may be many reasons why it is difficult for said student to turn in a project, essay, or homework. It is up to the trained adult in the situation to consider why.
Is there a pattern to this behavior?
Is there something going on at home?
Does this child have a special need for a different system?
Oftentimes, laziness has nothing to do with it at all.
I think all parents have the expectation that their children will be shown tolerance when at school all day, and that is why this story is so disturbing. Hopefully, the majority of people will realize that this is one person who does not represent the thoughts and feelings of all educators.