Transcript of the conversation
Student: …this frickin lady go off on kids because they don’t frickin get this crap? If you would just get up and teach ‘em instead of handing them a frickin’ packet, yo, there’s kids in here who don’t learn like that.
Student: They need to learn face to face.
Student: You’re just getting mad cuz I’m pointing out the obvious.
Teacher: No, cuz you’re wasting my time.
Student: No, I’m not wasting your time. I’m telling you what you need to do.
Teacher: Get out.
Student: You want kids to come into your class, you want them to get excited for this? You gotta come in here and you gotta make them excited. You want a kid to change and start doing better? You gotta touch his freakin’ heart. You can’t expect a kid to change if all you do is just tell them.
Student: You gotta, you gotta take this job serious. This is the future of this nation. And when you come in here like you did last time and make a statement about ‘Oh this is my paycheque…
Teacher: Please leave.
Student: …Indeed it is. But this is my country’s future and my education.
Teacher: Can you go outside please?
Student: But there’s a limit. I’m not BITCHING but simply making an observation.
Teacher: Okay, okay.
Student: And now I will leave.
Teacher: Thank you.
Student: You’re welcome. And if you would like, I’ll teach you a little more so you can actually learn how to teach a freakin class.
Teacher: You’re not welcome back.
Student: Because since I got here, I’ve done nothing but read packets. So don’t try to take credibility for teaching me jack.
Teacher: Bye. Close the door.
It’s not every day a teacher gets schooled by a misfit student with something to say.
A video of Texas teenager Jeff Bliss admonishing his teacher for what he feels to be her ineffective teaching style has gone viral online, leading to the teacher being placed on leave with pay and a fierce debate over whether the kid may actually have a point.
The 18-year-0ld Duncanville High School student is seen in the video getting up from his desk after having been asked to leave and giving his teacher a piece of his mind.
“If you would just get up and teach ‘em instead of handing them a frickin packet, yo, there’s kids in here who don’t learn like that,” he said. “They need to learn face to face.”
Social studies teacher Julie Phung is seen sitting at her desk, repeatedly telling Mr. Bliss ‘Bye’ and later that he was “wasting” her time.
“You want kids to come into your class, you want them to get excited for this? You gotta come in here and you gotta make them excited,” the tall student with flowing blond hair and red high tops says in the video, standing at the front of the class and gesticulating to further emphasize his point. “You want a kid to change and start doing better? You gotta touch his freakin heart. You can’t expect a kid to change if all you do is just tell them.”
“This is my country’s future and my education.”
Local news affiliates quickly picked up the video, now clocked at 1.7 million views and climbing, after a student in the class filmed it on his cellphone and posted it to YouTube. The 90 second snippet has now gleaned international attention.
But others were quick to point out the disrespectful nature of the outburst in an environment where teachers are supposed to be respected. They also warned this video doesn’t show us the full story.
In interviews with local media, Mr. Bliss gave some of the back story behind his outburst spurred by a dispute over a test in his World History class.
“My question was, why we don’t get the same amount of time to take the test as the rest of her classes,” Mr. Bliss told Fox News in Austin.
He alleged Ms. Phung had used profanity during the exchange, which he says precipitated his rant, but Alfred Ray, superintendent of the Duncanville independent school district, wouldn’t confirm if the teacher cursed.
“Less than 10 minutes after it occurred, the teacher cared so much about her student that she went down to the office with the assistant principal while someone else watched her class and they had a conversation in that office and came to some agreement and the student came back to the class later that same period,” Mr. Ray said.
Her leave with pay is standard protocol during an investigation, school officials said.
“As a district with a motto of Engaging Hearts and Minds we focus on building positive relationships with students and designing engaging work that is meaningful,” the Duncanville Independent School District said in a statement released to media.
“We want our students and teachers to be engaged, but the method by which the student expressed his concern could have been handled in a more appropriate way. We are and will continue to be open to listening to students.”
D Magazine in Dallas reported that Mr. Bliss was an 18-year-old sophomore at Duncanville High School because he had dropped out of school for a year.
Mr. Bliss told local Dallas TV station WFAA that it was during this time he learned the value of a good education. He also said he had no regrets about the rant.
“I believe that somebody needed to say this.”
Can see the cell video here