Angry at Regnef High

A Chicago teacher’s blog attacking students and colleagues has provoked anger and driven the teacher out of the classroom.

Typing rambling screeds in an anonymous blog he called “Fast Times at Regnef High,” a Fenger High School teacher unleashed his frustration over the chaos he saw around him.

He labeled his students “criminals,” saying they stole from teachers, dealt drugs in the hallways, had sex in the stairwells, flaunted their pregnant bellies and tossed books out windows. He dismissed their parents as unemployed “project” dwellers who subsist on food stamps, refuse to support their “baby mommas” and bad-mouth teachers because their no-show teens are flunking.

He took swipes at his colleagues, too–“union-minimum” teachers, literacy specialists who “decorate their office door with pro-black propaganda,” and security officers whose “loyalty is to the hood, not the school.”

When his identity leaked out, the teacher received threats and stopped coming to work.

The animosity stirred up by the blog fueled even more chaos in this beleaguered all-black school in Roseland on the city’s Far South Side, among Chicago’s worst performing. But the principal said the episode has galvanized the school in a way he had not thought possible–and is encouraging staff and students to talk openly about the problems and how to fix them.

Principal William Johnson plans student forums “to discuss the blog, both the antagonism it revealed and the challenges that need to be fixed.” Some of the bloggers’ charges are true, the principal said.

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Comments

  1. Some of the bloggers’ charges are true, the principal said.

    Like 99.9999% of them?

  2. They can’t all be true. Everyone knows that all teachers are high-quality, good-hearted people who labor under tremendous burdens to deliver the highest-quality education to the best students in the world.

  3. Robert Wright says:

    Good for the principal!

    It seems that problems continue because there’s no way of talking about them without somebody losing his job.

    Messengers are killed.

  4. So… how did the reporter know that the student’s indignation was ‘righteous’?

  5. Indigo Warrior says:

    He labeled his students “criminals,” saying they stole from teachers, dealt drugs in the hallways, had sex in the stairwells, flaunted their pregnant bellies and tossed books out windows. He dismissed their parents as unemployed “project” dwellers who subsist on food stamps, refuse to support their “baby mommas” and bad-mouth teachers because their no-show teens are flunking.

    Why is my tax money funding this?

  6. nailsagainsttheboard says:

    Reason #1,000,000 to privatize schools.

    BTW, the blogger’s comments also pertain to Congress.

  7. Jack Tanner says:

    ‘Some of the bloggers’ charges are true, the principal said. ‘

    Then when was the pricipal planning on addressing them?