I was a teacher for 5 years before getting into radio on Eastern Long Island.  I hung around teachers all the time.  My theory back then was that teachers should not be blamed for what's going on in school.  They WANT to teach.  They just can't with all of the disciplinary responsibilities and everything else that has been put on their shoulders.  Hell, that's why I left!    And I still feel that way.  But then again, there are limits..

A Philadelphia teacher is in hot water for getting so upset about his students that he went online and "vented" about it.

According to phillyBurbs.com. Sample: "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.”

Again , this is over the line.  Irresponsible behavior for a teacher ,to be sure.  Even though noone was named personally, I'm sure the kids reading this will know who they are, so it's as good as being named!

But then again, I think back to my teaching days.  Especially in the beginning.  I don't know if this is a beginning teacher or a seasoned one, but when I began my career--I can remember MANY days where I thought the same exact thing.   I THOUGHT it.  I didn't SAY it though!!!

To have anything like that in writing is a sure fire way to get "hung out to dry". And I'm not defending the tactic this teacher took.  But I still sense a committed teacher who is really frustrated by the fact that he can't teach because there are so many distractions.  And that is sad, because they're probably going to lose someone who really cared about the profession but now is disgruntled will never do it again.

So that's my feeling, in writing.  (Wonder who's gonna hang me out to dry for this?)

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