February 16, 2011

Rock On, Natalie Munroe

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 2:05 pm by silversnowdragon

So, here’s the thing… a teacher near Philadelphia, Natalie Munroe, used her personal blog to unload her frustration about the state of students today. She called them: “… 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.”

Ms. Munroe has been suspended and I say shame on the school system.

Now, granted, she also had some snarky comments and some profanity. But it is HER BLOG and HER OPINION. From everything I have read, Natalie did not use her full name, identify individual students by name, or identify the school. Everything she said also seems general enough that it could be applied nearly anywhere to any school system.

Of course no parent wants their child decribed that way, but in general it seems that the younger generation does suffer from a lack of motivation and a sense of entitlement. They don’t seem to want to work for anything.

Oh, wait, I offered my opinion – does this mean I will be kicked out of my school program? Or fired from my job? Or will the parents of all the children in my town sue me for defamation of character because one of their little darlings may or may not be one of the lazy whiners that we’re talking about?

This PA school system and the people in it need to get a grip. Natalie Munroe expressed her opinion and – in my mind – went out of her way to not single out any one or two individuals. Shouldn’t we be teaching the next generation that it is OK to express yourself? That this is what freedom of speech is all about?

I say, rock on, Natalie Munroe. Say your peace and stick to your guns.

There is nothing wrong with expressing yourself.

If you want to read more about Natalie’s situation, check out this article.

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February 4, 2011

End of My Rope

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:39 am by silversnowdragon

I’m done with this winter.

Done.

I may style myself the Snow Dragon, but that is mostly around the idea of snow. I think snow and snowflakes are beautiful, but I’m not a fan of the cold that goes with them… and I am not a fan of all the snow I’ve had to shovel this year. Or the snow on my roof that has turned into ice dams. Ice dams that are causing water to leak into different parts of my house at a ridiculous rate.

I’m not alone. Most of Massachusetts is screaming for roofers to come and shovel snow off of roofs and break up ice dams. Several buildings have collapsed.I just don’t wan to see the stains on my ceiling get any bigger. Or the water that is seeping into my upstair floorboards do any more damage.

But that means I need to get the damn snow off my roof. I think my husband might try to get up on the ladder today and that scares me. Hopefully one of the companies I called can help me out, but even if someone calls back. I’m going to be in the waiting line.

Either way, I’m kinda screwed.