When a student teaches a teacher about education, many take notice. That's just what Duncanville, Texas high school student Jeff Bliss did in front of his classmates in a video that went viral once uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday.
Bliss was tired of the unnamed World History teacher's ineffective style, and told her so, arguing over her various interjections of "goodbye" and "get out." Bliss was being kicked out of class when his rant first began, but made sure the educator heard him out before exiting the room.
"If you would just get up and teach 'em instead of handing them a freakin' packet yo. There's kids in here that don't learn like that. They need to learn face to face," Bliss began, gesturing to get his point across.
"You want kids to come in your class, you want them to get excited for this, you gotta come in here, you gotta make them excited," he added.
Bliss claimed that the teacher was simply working for money instead of investing wholly in the student's future.
"When you come in here … make a statement about 'Oh, this is my paycheck,' indeed it is. But this is my country's future and my education," the high school student continued.
Bliss knows the importance of education. His mother is a teacher, but the real revelation came when he dropped out of high school.
"Without that education, I'm not gonna make any step forward into my future," he told local news station KDFW.
Since the video has gone viral, picking up over 650,000 hits since it being posted several days ago, the school district has taken notice, promising to address the situation. They did not condone Bliss' outburst, however.
"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. "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
Bliss didn't know a classmate was taping his rant, but believes "somebody needed to say this."
"I wanna see a teacher stand up and interact with the students. Get involved, discuss, talk, question and get deep into the subject," he said.