http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110216/ap_on_hi_te/us_teacher_suspended_blo... school English teacher in suburban Philadelphia who was suspended for a profanity-laced blog in which she called her young charges "disengaged, lazy whiners" is driving a sensation by daring to ask: Why are today's students unmotivated — and what's wrong with calling them out?FEASTERVILLE, Pa. – A
Apparently this teacher had a blog (not using her real name or that of the school where she taught) and occasionally vented about her job-
"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."
...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?"
...Munroe pointed out that she also said positive things, but she acknowledges that she did write some things out of frustration — and of a feeling that many kids today are being given a free pass at school and at home.
"Parents are more trying to be their kids' friends and less trying to be their parent," Munroe said, also noting students' lack of patience. "They want everything right now. They want it yesterday."
I'm not sure how she was 'found out', but she has been suspended with pay and has hired an attorney because she believes she is going to lose her job, and that this is a violation of her 1st Amendment rights.
Are personal blogs protected by the 1st Amendment? Did hers go too far in criticizing students and the education system?