WATCH: Texas Student Schools His Teacher

"You gotta take this job serious. This is the future of our nation," says Duncanville High sophomore Jeff Bliss

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A video of a Dallas-area student lecturing his social studies teacher on how to do a better job has gone viral, renewing debate about problems in the nation’s educational system.

The student, Jeff Bliss, an 18-year-old sophomore at Duncanville High School, is shown giving an unauthorized monologue on the topic that lasts for more than a minute before he walks out of the classroom.

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“If you would just get up and teach them instead of handing them a frickin’ packet, yo. There’s kids in here that don’t learn like that. They need to learn face-to-face,” he begins. “You want a kid to change and start doing better? You gotta touch his frickin’ heart. You can’t expect the kid to change if all you do is just tell ’em. You gotta take this job serious. This is the future of this nation,” Bliss adds, as he walks toward the door.

According to the Dallas Morning News, the teacher, Julie Phung, had assigned the class homework that was due in two days. Phung had reportedly given her other classes three days to complete the assignment. In the video, which was recorded on Monday, she repeatedly asks Bliss to leave the room, saying, “Get out,” “Will you please leave?” and “Can you get outside, please?”

The video, which was filmed by a fellow classmate using a cellphone, had racked up over 1.8 million views on YouTube by Friday afternoon.

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The Duncanville Independent School District has placed the teacher on paid administrative leave while it investigates the incident, but has taken no action against Bliss. “He makes a number of valid statements about how classrooms across America need to change, and we view this as an opportunity to have more conversations about transforming our schools to better meet the needs of our students,” a district spokesperson told Mashable.

Bliss’ mom says she’s proud of her son. She told the Dallas paper that his actions call to mind the famous quote from the philosopher Edmund Burke: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

18 comments
BahoPuwetmoh
BahoPuwetmoh

First, the kid is an 18 year old sophmore because he dropped out of school.  Now he is back, and obviously holds education in a much higher regard.  I personally commend him for his effort.

Second, I agree with everything he said in his "rant."

Just take a look at this teacher.  She has built herself a little cubicle inside the classroom, effectively walling herself off from her students.  She even has a fridge and microwave in there.  What the hell is that?

Any study on education will confirm one basic principle: effective teaching requires interaction.  This woman clearly isnt interacting with her students, and that's exactly what the 18 year old sophmore is expressing to her.  Like many other teachers (dare I say most), this woman clearly stopped caring years ago.   She's simply showing up for the paycheck and benefits.

daz7877
daz7877

Regardless of his age and school status, his point is still valid. @MarioGonzales I learned more on the internet then i did at school,for I am an autodidact. Graduated at the top 25% of my class without even trying. Seems like too many ppl focusing on the messenger and not on the MESSAGE. Modern day school is a SYSTEM that shape all the students minds to be alike. A cookie-cutter system from my perspective. What happened to individuality and creativity??? Seems like we're creating a generation of modified sheep.

LO2daPEZ
LO2daPEZ

if he is an 18yo sophmore than his entire school district must be doing something seriously wrong. 

eagle11772
eagle11772

How did he get to be ONLY a sophomore at 18 ? !  When I graduated high school, I was 17 years old, as well as most of my classmates.

JohnDaniel
JohnDaniel

So all a kid has to do is lecture his teacher, and he's right and she is wrong?  Why would anyone give credibility to an 18 year old sophomore?

LauraBWilliams2
LauraBWilliams2

Whatever the details are that surround this video the student's message is dead on. I don't think that are any of us who can say that we never had even one if not more teachers who were apathetic and disinterested. I am 50 years old and I know I had some horrible teachers and so have my children. His frustration is felt by many and I applaud him.

FrankDiGirolomo
FrankDiGirolomo

sorry, but his english teacher is obviously failing him as well, yo!

b_a_mac
b_a_mac

Speaking as someone who is planning on going for a teaching degree this fall, kids like this give me hope. If you can get past the fact that he kind of looks like Jay from Jay and Silent Bob and listen to what he says here, you'll hear a passionate plea from a young man fed up with his lazy teacher who instead of doing her job is (apparently, if this isn't just some put together sham that is) just another one of the thousands of disgraces to the profession who just does the bare minimum and hands out little pre-written packets that are supposed to do their job for them. Schools and teachers like this are to education what a fast food chain is to good nutrition, a sorry excuse for the real deal.



HypatiaLeigh1
HypatiaLeigh1

 

18yo sophomore?      Is this a fact?


The best and ultimate lesson every student learns is never to expect anyone to hand anything to you - even if they're paid to do such.    Beyond that, he's right.  She's a horrid "teacher" - completely sad.   

JThompson
JThompson

This happened in Duncanville, not Dallas. Duncanville is a suburb of Dallas.


shiftypain
shiftypain

We need more students openly criticizing teachers because after all students are the ones who are affected by their teaching methods. Students deserve to have a say in how they are taught because they know what works best for them. This student obviously felt that the teacher was sitting at her desk too much and not teaching the class as she should be, and it is his right to say so.

MarioGonzales
MarioGonzales

An 18 year old in a class for 15 year olds. His mother, a teacher in another district, allowed him to drop out for a year and surf the Internet. Wow.


On the other hand, the teacher, Ms. Phung, has a website on campus, a youTube channel for her students, a Pinterest site for her students, teaches in a large high school rated academically acceptable by the state of Texas, and is conducting a review for the end of course test in world history which happens next week, and which every sophomore has to pass in order to receive a diploma in two years.


So a large packet of REVIEW material, not teaching, would not be unusual at all just a week before the end of course test and just a few weeks before the end of the school year.


And another student just HAPPENED to film the whole thing, if you consider just the kid's rant the whole thing.


And she handled it correctly, trying to de-escalate and remove the disruptor from the classroom. She is prohibited from speaking to the media by district policy, and that is being interpreted as having no defense to give. The kid knew this from his teacher mom as well.


So an ambush of a veteran teacher with multimedia portions of the course in an acceptable high school by an 18 year old sophomore who should have graduated this year is okay? No, thanks.

HOUSEofCIN
HOUSEofCIN

To address your "mini fridge and microwave" comment..

Teachers do not have a lunch break. They have to plan and prep during their down time. They have been given even more paperwork to fill out and told how to teach by people who have no education background.

I'm guessing since she really doesn't have time to head to the cafeteria or teachers lounge (which is usually the case now) she eats her lunch in her classroom.

That being said...... She is completely "checked out" and did not handle herself professionally AT ALL. Kudos to this young man. The people need those who have a true voice for our nation.

Brohdaw
Brohdaw

@LO2daPEZ  A lot of schools are doing "something wrong" these days

OliviaLorre
OliviaLorre

@LauraBWilliams2 Kids I'm related to (honor roll) had this teacher in the past and wanted to transfer out of her class.  The word they all used to describe her was "apathetic".  She doesn't like questions either. That was several years ago. Some people should not be teachers. 

james.buck
james.buck

@MarioGonzales Thank you for providing some facts before we create another false hero. It's also amusing that people who wouldn't last ten minutes in a classroom of 25 kids feel free to pontificate about what teachers need to do. I'll put myself and 90 percent of my colleagues against any of you in terms of commitment to their profession and importance of their work.

BradleyAdriane
BradleyAdriane

@MarioGonzales The point he was making is that she is not TEACHING. She just hands out packets. Teachers have to be ENGAGED with students. When I was in school my teachers stood up in front of the classroom and TAUGHT me. She just apparently keeps handing out packets. That is his major complaint. She NEVER INTERACTS with her students.

ManuelaArmendariz
ManuelaArmendariz

@MarioGonzales It's obvious that this teacher had good discipline because the other students were so quiet during his tirade.  One of the girls was covering her face as if she was used to his tantrums.  That's what students do when they're failing, they blame the teacher.