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One of the most important and difficult professions is teaching. Teachers play a vital role in nurturing the intellectual and social development of various students during their maturing years. Teachers employ more time with the students on a daily basis than parents do. Thus, parents entrust the teachers with an enormous responsibility to guide their children to become useful members of society; however, this task becomes difficult for a teacher when she faces the lack of respect and discipline from her students. A Pennsylvania teacher, Natalie Munroe engages a vast of stress and abuse from her students when she taught at Central Bucks East High School. Munroe posted a blog on the internet in which she addressed the problems about her students, the parents, and even the school administrators. Eventually, East High School suspended Munroe from her job over the blog. Many people believe that she is not criticizing about all her students, however, all her criticisms are geared towards the disrespectful adolescents who failed themselves by choosing not to learn; therefore, the school administrators should not suspend Monroe over a minor “profanity-laced” blog (McGraw, par. 6).
Similar to millions of other Americans, Munroe should not be prevented from voicing her opinions under a constitutional right. The First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…or abridging the freedom of speech” (Buchanan, par. 1). Therefore, Munroe should be allowed to blog about any subject she desires under this legitimate right and not face the consequence of a job suspension. Even when Munroe is aware of her rights, she “kept things as an anonymous as possible” (Munroe, par. 11). She takes steps to be discr...


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...though Natalie Monroe sparks many controversial discussions through her online blogs in which she addresses this “tough [and] underappreciated profession,” the content of her blogs are valid about today’s education (McGraw, par. 14). Many people believe that Monroe should not be punished for her views or receive a job suspension as she has a right to engage in social blogging similar to millions of other people in America.






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Buchanan, Brian J. “About the First Amendment.” First Amendment Center. February 28, 2011
http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/about.aspx?item=about_firstamd.
McGraw, Anne. “Are Today’s Students Just ‘Lazy Whiners’ or Overwhelmed?” The Patriot News. February 20, 2011: D6.
Munroe, Natalie. “Where Are We Going & Are We In This Handbasket.” Blogger.com. February 12, 2011. February 28, 2011
http://www.nataliemunroe.com/.


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