It’s no surprise that in many instances across the country, the American school system is failing our children. There are administrators who are only concerned with numbers and protecting their salaries. There are teachers who come to school just to collect a paycheck. And unfortunately, this apathy ultimately ends up affecting students, especially students who are already distracted by problems at home.
Well, in Duncanville High, a school right outside of Dallas, one student is tired of it. And decided to speak to truth to power. In a video, uploaded to YouTube, an unnamed student, who was later identified as Jeff Bliss, is asked to leave his classroom. But he doesn’t go quickly. In an exiting rant, he firmly, yet respectfully tells his teacher that her teaching methods aren’t working.
“If you would just get up and teach them instead of handing them a freaking packet, yo… There’s kids in here that don’t learn like that. They need to learn face to face. I’m telling you what you need to do… You want kids to come into your class, you want them to get excited for this? You gotta come in here, you gotta make them excited. You want a kid to change and start doing better? You gotta touch his freaking heart. You can’t expect a kid to change if all you do is just tell ’em.”
During his speech, the teacher can be heard in the background, telling him he was “wasting [her] time,” “bye,” and “get out.”
As he walks out the door he mentions the fact that the teacher told her students she’s there to collect a paycheck and suggests that since all she did was hand out packets, she shouldn’t take any credibility for teaching him anything.
She said she won’t. Shame.’
Check out the video below.
While we can probably assume that this teacher won’t be receiving any educator of the year awards any time soon; this is only a 1 and a half video. But even if his comments are completely false; and I doubt they are, his comments still represent a problem persistent around the nation. So we need to listen.
Later, in an interview with a local Fox affiliate, Bliss said he had a reached a boiling point when his teacher gave him a test in her World History class, claiming that she didn’t give the class enough time to take the test. When he complained, Bliss said she cursed at him, sending him over the edge.
Watch the video of his follow up interview on the next page.