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.