Just kidding, no problems here.

From the Star Tribune, Minnesota Teacher of the Year resigns and the commenter speculation goes wild.

Naturally this has become something rather* sinister, quite conspiritorial as a battle between poor parents and horrid teachers, worthy of threats ‘I was going to call the StarTribune Editor’ and full of tired disgust ‘The Strib should shut off the commenting features on this story (and all others.) ‘

 * [Some of the more outrageous comments have already been deleted]

All I know for sure is this; Carleen Gulstad cited personal reasons and I’m certain that it’s the students who will suffer the most.

It’s a shame.

 Though, I know how sometimes things just have to play out; so I suppose that if people are looking to blame someone maybe they should blame themselves. Responsibility is one of the hardest lessons to learn so maybe there’s something to it.

What do you think?

5 Comments so far

  1. aliecat on June 26th, 2008 @ 10:21 pm

    Those comments make me sad for our state. The commenters decrying "we need answers!" just made me want to stab.

  2. Erica M (ericam) on June 27th, 2008 @ 8:40 am

    There are lots of teachers who work their asses off, trying to make life better for the kids they teach. A lot of them go without recognition, and I can see how they’d get burned out. Especially in a screwed up system like Minneapolis public schools (for example).

    So I’m sure she did have a perfectly good reason. Maybe she was lucky enough that someone actually recognized her before she got tired of doing it.

    Of course it could be something entirely different. Christ, leave the woman alone.

  3. David (jacc) on June 27th, 2008 @ 12:45 pm

    I just don’t get why they can’t leave her alone, either.

    Aliecat – If anthing is going to make someone feel stabby it’s those comments on STrib.

    Erica – I heard once that the average time someone teaches in the Mpls school district is 3 years.

  4. mnblrmkr on June 28th, 2008 @ 10:58 am

    Why would her students suffer the most? She didn’t resign her teaching position (at least, not that I remember), she simply resigned a voluntary ambassadorship role she had accepted from her union. If anything, her students come out ahead, since she won’t have that additional claim to her time.

    I don’t want to even imagine how bad the deleted comments must have been, after reading what they left up.

    For whatever reason, she decided she couldn’t fulfill the needs of the position. Even if this were an official "public" position, we would not be entitled to further explanation.

    fyi: the yahoo link to the story doesn’t seem to work. I get a "You don’t have permission to access" error message.

  5. David (jacc) on June 30th, 2008 @ 9:53 am

    mnblrmkr – Thanks for the heads up on the link. Fixed, I hate it when links change.

    Why would her students suffer the most?

    Seriously. It seems like, if any, her students would benefit from her having less distractions related to the roll.

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