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Another late post

Hey! I know this is a late post but I just been on here much since I got back from mission fuge so let’s get started.  We went to many place during the New York part of the trip like the Empire State Building.  That was really cool expect the group I was in had to climb the stairs after we got to floor 80 because there was a lot of people and it would have been awhile before we got to the elevator so that was pretty tiring.We went to Niagara Falls too. That was really cool. We got to see the falls up close, and got wet too. lol.  We also went to Time Square that really cool because we saw many street performers and it was the first time that I ever went into a Forever 21.(Or a clothing store with three floors for that matter) It was the first time I ever went into a Disney themed store too. I don’t remember the name of the store but it was really cute. We visited the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The boat ride made me really nervous we got especially when we got close to the Statue of Liberty and everyone got to one side to get a better pictures and the boat started to lean-to one side. I really didn’t explore those place, even though I should have.  Ground zero was amazing. I didn’t know several buildings were being built.  There were two fountains and around those fountains the names of everyone who died on 9/11 . We also visited places like Little Italy and Chinatown. We went to a Yankees games and guess who was there Snoop Dog. That’s right Snoop Dog. Me and some other girls almost didn’t get our pictures taken with him cause he was tired of taking pictures with people. Then it was time for mission fuge. This trip had a lot of firsts for me. Like ride on the trains and the subway. The subway was fun expect if you were standing you got jerked around too much and you had to be quick when you got on and off. Then it was time for mission fuge. It wasn’t in New York it was in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We stayed at Eastern State University. The campuses was nice but hilly and you had to walk a good distant to get were you  needed to get. As for what track I got into I got my first choice. Sosocialcial. We went to places like food banks, mental homes, and old folks homes. Our track leader was really nice. He ia really tall. The one down side was we had to leave the night before fuge ended because it was take us the whole night and the next day just to get back. It took us the whole night just to get to New York as well. The Sunday after we got back we share service. We sang songs we practiced that week and got to share. Then, we had snac fellowship.  All in all it was really fun. I really like the two-story Bugerking and the three-story Macdonald’s. I know I’d never forget this trip. It was a once in a life time thing for me. 🙂

 

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Pa. teacher strikes nerve with ‘lazy whiners’ blog

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110216/ap_on_hi_te/us_teacher_suspended_blog

By PATRICK WALTERS, Associated Press Patrick Walters, Associated Press Wed Feb 16, 6:58 am ET

FEASTERVILLE, Pa. – A high 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?

As she fights to keep her job at Central Bucks East High School, 30-year-old Natalie Munroe says she had no interest in becoming any sort of educational icon. The blog has been taken down, but its contents can still be found easily online.

Her comments and her suspension by the middle-class school district have clearly touched a nerve, with scores of online commenters applauding her for taking a tough love approach or excoriating her for verbal abuse. Media attention has rained down, and backers have started a Facebook group.

“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.

Munroe did not use her full name or identify her students or school in the blog, which she started in August 2009 for friends and family. Last week, she said, students brought it to the attention of the school, which suspended her with pay.

“They get angry when you ask them to think or be creative,” Munroe said of her students in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday. “The students are not being held accountable.”

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.”

A spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Education Association declined to comment Tuesday because he said the group may represent Munroe. A message left for the Central Bucks School District superintendent was not immediately returned.

Sandi Jacobs, vice president of the National Council on Teacher Quality, said school districts are navigating uncharted territory when it comes to teachers’ online behavior. Often, districts want teachers to have more contact with students and their families, yet give little guidance on how teachers should behave online even as students are more plugged in than they’ve ever been.

“This is really murky stuff,” she said. “When you have a teacher using their blog to berate their students, maybe that’s a little less murky. But the larger issue is, I think, districts are totally unprepared to deal with this.”

Munroe has hired an attorney, who said that she had the right to post her thoughts on the blog and that it’s a free speech issue. The attorney, Steven Rovner, said the district has led Munroe to believe that she will eventually lose her job.

“She could have been any person, any teacher in America writing about their lives,” he said, pointing out that Munroe blogged about 85 times and that only about 15 to 20 of the posts involved her being a teacher. “It’s honest and raw and a little edgy depending on your taste. … She has a deep frustration for the educational system in America.”

Rovner said that he would consider legal action if indeed Munroe loses her job.

“She did it as carefully as she could,” he said about her blog. “It’s so general that it applies to the problems in school districts and schools across the country.”

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Associated Press writer Dorie Turner in Atlanta contributed to this report

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