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Should a high school English teacher have called her students out for being lazy and whiny?
The question is playing out in Pennsylvania, the Associated Press reports, because teacher Natalie Munroe wrote a post on her blog about the kids she has to teach.
"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."
And in another post, Munroe -- who is more than eight months pregnant -- writes: "Kids! They are disobedient, disrespectful oafs. Noisy, crazy, sloppy, lazy LOAFERS." She also comes up with a colorful list of comments that she felt should be available on student report cards.
Apparently she wrote the blog anonymously, and didn't mention the school at which she teaches.
But now that she's been outed by some kids, she's been suspended and she's talking and blogging out loud. "Parents are more trying to be their kids' friends and less trying to be their parent," Munroe told the AP. "They (kids) want everything right now. They want it yesterday."
Schools are in uncharted territory when it comes to disciplining teachers for their online behavior. But increasingly, schools -- as in Minnesota -- are under pressure to police the online behavior of kids.
Not surprisingly, Munroe has become a cause for generalizations. It's true, her students might be lazy jerks. But does that mean all students are? I'd like to hear from teachers on this.(21 Comments)
There is more fuel for the climate change fire from the UK, today.
Two reports are linking an increase in flooding to a warming climate, the BBC reports.
In the second study, researchers from Canada and the UK looked at the increase in the frequency of extreme rainfall events documented across much of the Northern Hemisphere between 1950 and 2000.
There are variations from year to year and from place to place; but across the piece, intense downpours have become more common over the period.
The researchers suggest there is nothing that can explain this trend except the slow steady increase in temperatures caused by greenhouse gas emissions.
In the UK, another study said, the chance of flooding doubled with a warmer climate.
Remember last season when the Minnesota Timberwolves put up a sign on Target Center for Sanford Health which was clearly aimed at the Target Field audience?
Purists said the ad, which was put up just before the start of last fall's playoffs, would dominate the view from the third-base-side seats and ruin the ambiance of the House That Joe Mauer Built. A Twins executive called the size of the ad "shocking."
Today,the Twins released this photograph of a new scoreboard (with ads, no doubt), the Twins are building in right field. Perhaps it's mere coincidence the scoreboard will block the Timberwolves' ad.
Your move, Wolves.
Update 4:33 p.m. - The Twins have sent along this field-seat view14 Comments)
For a few decades now, the long-tradition of over-the-air broadcasts of major league baseball games has been disappearing. Today, an announcement from Fox Sports North (FSN) suggests, the era is just about over.
The network and the team announced that all Minnesota Twins games -- except for a few that are on the national Fox broadcasts -- will be on cable. There will be no local over-the-air partner for the team.
It's a trend that's not exclusive to baseball, of course. Last month, the Los Angeles Lakers announced that starting next year, there'll be no more "free access" to its games on TV.(16 Comments)
Time to reopen the great CPB debate.
There's a line of thought among those who oppose public funding of radio and TV that goes beyond the traditional "they're too liberal." It says that if you create a link between the government and a broadcast operation, sooner or later the government will get involved in the editorial content.
The reality is that the government -- by way of the FCC -- already is involved in content requirements but for the most part, politicians are at an arm's length.
Broadcasting and Cable magazine reports that a House committee wants to investigate the editorial standards of National Public Radio:
The House Energy & Commerce Committee plans to "examine certain editorial and employment standards and practices at NPR," as part of its communications oversight, according to a committee oversight plan, a copy of which was supplied to B&C. It cites "recent controversies involving NPR."
Those would be the firing of commentator Juan Williams, an ensuing investigation into that firing, and the resignation of the person who made that decision, Ellen Weiss, NPR Senior VP, News, It also plans to investigate the financing of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides funds to NPR and PBS, to determine whether that funding should continue.
By the way, tomorrow on NPR's Talk of the Nation (around 1 p.m. CT for you MPR listeners), there will be a discussion on the future of public broadcasting.(7 Comments)