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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.
Black and Latino students may be getting less critical, but helpful, feedback from teachers than their white counterparts, a new educational study indicates.
“The social implications of these results are important; many minority students might not be getting input from instructors thatstimulates intellectual growth and fosters achievement,” study researcher Kent Harber, a Rutgers-Newark psychology professor, said in a press release.
This positive bias in feedback to minority students may be contributing to the achievement gap between white and minority students, a stubborn national problem, Harber said.
The study “tested” 113 white middle-school and high-school teachers in two public school districts, one middle class and white, and the other working class and racially mixed. Both are located in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tri-state area.
Get the rest of the story at BlackVoices.com.
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(Chicago Tribune) — Two months into his new role overseeing Chicago Public Schools, CEO Jean-Claude Brizard has begun reorganizing a school system he calls “fragmented.” Brizard will tell Chicago Board of Education members Wednesday that the district will change the structure of its middle managers, whom some in the system call “mini-superintendents.” The number of chief area officers will be pared from 24 to 19, renamed “schools chiefs” and grouped to include all the high school and elementary principals in a region so the chiefs can work to align curriculum. ”That’s a big change,” said Barbara Radner, director of DePaul University’s Center for Urban Studies. “Until we fix the fact that eighth-graders are graduating unprepared for high school, we’ll continue to have a high dropout rate for high school and kids won’t be prepared for college.”