Classy image from teacher's blog.
When I first came across this piece
about a bitter teacher and her blog Where are we going and why are we in this handbasket
, I thought it would be interesting as a cautionary tale about being in the public eye and blogging–you know, a reminder that things can (and will) be taken out of context, misunderstood, or misrepresented. After scanning a couple more headlines, I was willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, knowing that teachers are held to a higher standard than most. I also know that working with kids, while exhilarating, can be frustrating and exhausting at times.
And, let’s face it: sometimes kids are annoying.
I’ve been known to use some hyperbole or edgy humour, maybe even a dash of sarcasm to convey a message in an interesting way. But as I read this woman’s blog posts (which she has now deleted-cached posts here and here) it became apparent to me that she had lost her desire to teach (assuming she once had it,) and was either not fully aware of it yet, or didn’t have the fortitude to get out. To me her posts were just escalating cries of “please fire me.” Some choose death by cop. This was a classic case of death by blog. Continue reading