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xkglady
10:25 PM on 11/09/2011
I don't care if the students are special ed or mainstream students, this teacher does seem to have the nuturing and ability to facilitate students with her attitude. Instead of having a positive attitude, knowing that some children come to school angry, from dysfunctional homes, or other disabilities that hinder their learning ability, that a teacher should be acutely aware of and tend to the child's needs and concerns to enhance their skills, not to hinder them, making them feel bad and labeling them!
Honestly, she may write a letter of apology to the parents and students, and having tenure, she may be put on administrative desk job or leave, perhaps she won't lose her pension, nor her tenure and be transferred to another school. This is a teacher, I truly don't want in the classroom. She wouldn't be able to facilitate upper grade students if she feels that her first grade class, " warder to future criminals." Negative attitude, doesn't make for a good facilitator! Granted, in all grade levels there are students that are disruptive, violent or having other problems, but as an adult, you're suppose to do all in your ability to help those children, not hurt or hinder them! . Immediate dismissal, no pension and a letter to not recommend her for another position in a school setting, as this to me, is verbal abuse!
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seattleite4
Don't believe everything you think.
12:57 AM on 11/10/2011
Your first sentence? She does or doesn't?
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xkglady
10:27 AM on 11/10/2011
Thank you for the grammatical correction...it should say, "doesn't."
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TaurusRose
HP format does not meet MY guidelines
04:19 PM on 11/14/2011
You cannot possibly know this teacher's schoolroom attitude by a post.
She could be the most nurturing teacher around, and that could be WHY
she made that statement on facebook... frustration usually happens b/c
of having an investment in the process/issue.
steves1709
Your bicro-mio is empty
10:20 PM on 11/09/2011
How could a first grade teacher have 333 actual friends? How could they have more than 40 or 50 family, friends etc. hanging on her every word? This atricle shows the sillyness of social media and also one of its traps.
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DanInLA
10:23 PM on 11/09/2011
Now she has more enemies than that.
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mountainlora
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12:03 AM on 11/10/2011
And it was at least one of the "friends" who FORWARDED her message. As you point out, one of the "traps" of Facebook.

Collecting "friends" is ridiculous when you have never even met most of them. "with friends like those ..."
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10:18 PM on 11/09/2011
Finally a good teacher !
10:11 PM on 11/09/2011
I'm a teacher...I have been for 17 years. I'm also a parent of a child who has seizures. The two stories above strike a nerve in several ways. In both stories, the teachers made poor choices...really poor choices. The job of teacher comes with intense frustrations at times. However, a social networking site is not the place to vent those. This has nothing to do with first amendment rights. It has to do with common sense and common decency. One cannot take to social networking to air whatever they like and then cry foul when it backfires. Most districts have very strict policies in place for that very reason.

I take issue with any teacher posting derogatory things about students. Think them...don't post them. Once they roll off the lips or fingertips there are consequences. In this day and age where bullying is at the forefront, it is our job to set the example...plain and simple. The children being talked about are someone's heart and soul. Is teaching easy? He'll no. But it's a choice I made. I pray that if I ever lose sight of that...ever feel the need to post things about my students...post a picture of myself wearing one of my student's seizure helmets...that someone yanks me by the arm and tells me to find a new job.
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DanInLA
10:18 PM on 11/09/2011
"This has nothing to do with first amendment rights"

It has everything to do with first amendment rights.
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12:15 AM on 11/10/2011
Kristi293, I commend you for being the heartfelt person that you are. You are what I call a good teacher with compassion for your students and one who actually accepts the good and bad,and very caring. You are so correct in saying, this has nothing to do with first amendment rights. A good teacher earns respect from their students, a bad teacher, well we all know (at least some of us) where that leads.
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buzard1bait
Joy is irritating liberals with facts.
10:09 PM on 11/09/2011
Maybe this Judge should have to spend a few weeks with her students before rendering a decision.
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DanInLA
09:53 PM on 11/09/2011
Will this teacher also be put in prison?
09:51 PM on 11/09/2011
Teachers are treated worst than chinese sweat shop workers with paper work they can't possibly complete during the work day so they have to work nights and weekends off the clock, they don't get holiday pay or summer pay, they spend their own money to keep their classes going or even buy kids stuff, most quit within 3 years and the turnover rate is worst than at McDonalds, they have a degree but owe student loans that is more than what they even make and work 20 years before making 50,000. work 30 years to retire. have to be in the system 8 years to qualify for retirement. No tenure and only have an annual contract that means nothing since people think teachers are the reason why schools are failing in poor neighborhoods. No one looked at the data to see that in wealthy areas there is no failing schools.....the only problems happen to be in the economically needy areas........solution? Teachers, if you chose this profession, teach in wealthy neighborhoods.
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DanInLA
09:51 PM on 11/09/2011
I bet....my guess is that.....he probably.....this isn't about the right to free speech....bla bla bla.
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DanInLA
09:44 PM on 11/09/2011
This is a violation of civil rights. That is what people should be outraged about, not about someone's poor judgement or taste. This is about civil rights.
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DanInLA
09:43 PM on 11/09/2011
Does this mean they would expell a student for saying something mean about his/her teacher? This is dumb.
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la tigre
my faith in humanity diminshes everyday
09:41 PM on 11/09/2011
lol was only speaking truth
09:35 PM on 11/09/2011
Some days I feel like that about my own personal children. Sometimes I vent that frustration on Facebook. Does that mean they're going to take my kids away?
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DanInLA
09:45 PM on 11/09/2011
It means they could. You would have to hire an attourney and spend lots of money to get them back.
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09:22 PM on 11/09/2011
Teachers are to teach children not ridicule them. Children look up to teachers, they should be able to confide in them, should be able to trust them and so forth. Making fun of the children is very cruel. I'm guessing him mocking these kids on face book probably happened in the class room as well. For God's sake people, have you no compassion for children? These kids were special ed children and there's no excuse for this teachers behavior. He needs fired. It takes someone special to teach these kind of kids. As far as freedom of speech, yes he does have that, but when you are working as a teacher that's where you draw the line on them publishing remarks about their students. Even if these kids were not special needs children, NO teacher should ever treat students as this one has. Agree or not, I don't care, this is how I feel and I say he should'nt have any place in a classroom.
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DanInLA
09:40 PM on 11/09/2011
You are guessing. Oh brother. He doesn't need to be fired. He didn't exercise the best judgement, but he also didn't break any law. There is no reason to believe that he would have that in front of children.
steves1709
Your bicro-mio is empty
10:16 PM on 11/09/2011
"Him"? "He"?? The article I read said "... lose HER tenured job". By itself, out of context, the remark seems rather tame, albeit strange for a first grade teacher to say. In some contexts, it could be quite harmless or even funny. Nonetheless, teachers ought to know by now that if they say things like this on the internet, people are going to raise a stink about it.
09:14 PM on 11/09/2011
What happened to the First Amendment?. Typical, blame a person in authority instead of where the responsibility begins, the parents.
09:13 PM on 11/09/2011
So you think you have what it takes to be 1st grade teacher in the 22nd Century for inner city school kids? First, almost daily, your life or personal safety is on the line. If you paddle a bad kid's bottom with a ruler, your school administration does not publicly support you until after you have been arrested for assualt on a student, you have been trial and the judge pronouces you not guilty. Via the way, legal fees are approximately $4,000.

If you do nothing, let the kids run the class and the kids fail, your principal will write you a poor work evaulation. This will cost you your raise and place you in the bottom list of teachers to be hired next school term.

This teacher who posted her comments is reaching out to the community to inform the world this current system is not working. It needs to be revamped and this teacher needs to have her job reinstated and an apology given. Just a retorical question; why do we punish people for telling the truth?