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22 / M / Des moines IA
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Things like that always happened at my high school.
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19 / F / Somewhere fun
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Happened quite a lot when I was in high school. There were a few teachers that deserved it.

In college, I have never seen a student speaking against a teacher in which the teacher deserved it. At least, not yet...
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This is why I hate school, not because I have to learn or do something but when a teacher doesn't put in the effort to teach there's a problem. The public school system is set up for the "average" student, not all students learn the same. We are all different in the way we learn and think. Look at some of the geniuses in out history, most of them didn't get straight A's or they dropped out. School is not for everyone. For me, I do better having a conversation and having a class discussion rather than just reading all the time. I couldn't stay focus to save my life. That's why in high school Usually my highest grades were the classes where we would talk and engage in discussion instead of just read and do a worksheet. I really love those classes. Also teacher expect us to do all THEIR homework when we also have 5 other classes to handle. College isn't even that way. Our school system is flawwed, even my MOM agrees with me. I could go into why they system is flawwed and how our country is becoming socialist connecting with schools but I don't want to get into that.

Back on topic: Yes, this kid looks like your outcast kind of kid and at the end of the video his classmates look like they laughed at him. I could tell you, if it was some popular jock kid, the class probably would have cheered. Anyways, he was completely right and he handled it in a very mature and calm way. He was not cussing up a storm but simply said what was on his mind. This is a democratic counrty right? Where everyones thoughts are heard. Public schools are part of the government, then why was he sent out on simply his thoughts? He was trying to disrespect the teacher but simply tell her that maybe she should teach better and be more engaging. I give props to this kid for his courage and he deserves a metal for sure. Hopefully some adults or even future teacher learn something from this kid because it's obvious he wants to learn but some styles don't work on everybody. That's why teachers should have a diverse style of teaching instead of one method.
Posted 5/10/13
' the hell is a packet?
Apologies, I'm from the Uk What are these "Packets" he refers to?
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Sigeltiwacnyd wrote:

' the hell is a packet?
Apologies, I'm from the Uk What are these "Packets" he refers to?


I think, and could be wrong because I'm not familiar with the phrase either, but if I had to guess I'd say it's a bunch of worksheets regarding a chapter/class, and you'd essentially use the book to fill in the blanks.

From the sounds of it the guy was wanting help with something in it, and the teacher was failing to provide more detail.

Honestly it seems like a non story though, I've had people do the same when I was in school. All it got was detention, but I guess now that it's on video it'll (try to) bring about reform. I think a lot of teachers are unionized though, so that teacher will probably get a slap on the wrist or something.
Posted 5/10/13
Um, I think the guy needs to realize that there is a lot of teachers out there that really don't give a crap if you pass or fail or make this "nation" better. As long as they get a paycheck they don't give a rats ass about most of their students considering that after that semester of being with them, you never have to see each other ever again. We need teachers like they had back in the day. When it wasn't morally wrong to spank and discipline kids. I grew up by the belt and I turned out just fine. I probably should have been disciplined more. Maybe I would have done a little bit more with myself, considering I feel as if I have reached a dead end at the age of 22.
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Teachers should be more like this guy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yHaYFiNv_8


That teacher is super-legit. I bet he even could do impossible things such as find the area of a rectangle without tripping all over himself.
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maybe he just went off cause he didn't understand reading by himself. But yeah some teachers are lazy but u can't tell who's the bad one from this vid lol
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There are too many variables to this. If he does this all the time, then I think it's disrespectful. But, if he did this once, good for him. Some kids though don't need that much motivation (I'm one of those kids), but some do. I agree with him mostly though: all teachers do these days are give you notes and homework- everything's a matter of fact. There's barely any teachers that are excited about their job and are more worried about their paycheck. A lot of my teachers complain about how much they make all the time and then they don't care if their students suck in class- they just yell at them instead of being patient and encouraging. That's what's missing from most teachers these days: PATIENCE. 90% just want their freaking money. My little brother's in 3rd grade now, and it's so much harder than it was for me back in 3rd grade. You do more homework than what you learn at school and the teacher just seems to give out papers and me and my mom have to teach him more than the teacher. And SHE'S complaining about her paycheck? Really? I should get some freaking money for doing my homework while helping my brother with his! Why'd you become a teacher then if you're worried just about the money? What a shame. America's complaining on how our kids are stupid, yet there are barely any teachers that actually teach. If you have the guts, tell a superintendent or a principal. That's the other problem. People complain on, like, the internet but don't say anything to the school board's face because "that's not their business". If I was old enough, I would go up to my brother's school and complain and tell him how to fix things. But I'm 17 and a girl. It's not "my right" to give adults advice and to be smart about this kind of stuff.
Posted 5/10/13

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But I'm 17 and a girl. It's not "my right" to give adults advice and to be smart about this kind of stuff.


Yes. You shall not talk out of line.
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Every school needs a GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka).
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I definitely understand why he's upset. That teacher sounded unbearably apathetic lol.

However, I don't believe it's the teacher's job to motivate the students to learn. They shouldn't be expected to put on a song and dance for their classes. They're teachers, not entertainers lol. That being said, their primary qualification should be their ability to convey information to the students, and this particular teacher didn't seem too interested in that at all.

I just wanted to put my two cents in. Some people are prone to forget that being a student is as much of a job as being a teacher. You have to put the effort in yourself. Learning that lesson is vital if you hope to survive in college lol.

But that's not to justify the teacher in this video in any way. Particularly if she's just doing it for a paycheck. Students still need to be taught and instructed personally and effectively. Especially in high school when kids are still learning how to learn.
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The kid had some good things to say, and he is probably right about it. My family is full of educators over multiple generations (not me though), and they would probably stand up and clap for Bliss. But he chose an inappropriate and disruptive way to express his dissatisfaction, and he engaged in a pointless argument with a person who 1)has more power than him, and 2)doesn't care and so won't change, so he loses points for poor judgement.

Personally, I don't believe that high school teachers have an obligation to entertain their students or to make learning fun, but I do hope that Bliss turns his 5 minutes of fame into a scholarship and becomes a secondary school teacher. It would be a shame to waste that kind of passion for education.
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Schools are “government” mandated, they don’t care for the student, a "student" is just a number in a system, and the “schools” farm the student as either a financial asset or a liability. It’s a vacuum of falsified hope and mediocre aspirations, to put it bluntly. Don’t get me started on "life isn't fair", especially when used to justify unfair treatment. When you ask to be shown the law or the rules, they will simply conjure them up.

When I started my senior high school year I asked this to every teacher: Excuse me may I present a query? Yes, do you as an “educator” truly care about teaching us the lessons of the curriculum out of your dedication, or are we just an assigned number and grade percentage? That the administration has thrown upon you, in which they merely expect to see a high test score yield to benefit themselves, while they hold your occupational position as a collateral, so that they may promote themselves and the school for their own agendas?

I absolutely understand Jeff's frustration and how the the system will play it down and keep it under wraps. I ended up getting labeled as a troublemaker, sent to a different school, and have never been been happier leaving that cesspool they call an institution of learning.
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Gyava wrote:

I am not sure if this has been posted already and am unaware if this is a duplicate.

It is a pretty viral video, so..

Anyways, what are your thoughts on this?

"Jeff Bliss, a High School student gives a lesson to his teacher at Duncanville"

The original video where Bliss speaks up.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQ2VAV3HYdU

The interview with Bliss.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQ2VAV3HYdU



I paid a couple hundred dollars or more to get an education in college only to have a teacher that scribbles his work and can't explain things correctly thus making it harder for the students to pick up on his material. I wish there was a refund capability for such a down turn. I've had another where the teacher is boring the class to death. One cannot learn under null and dull circumstances. It puts a greater burden on the students. If a teacher is having a low percentile on the students who pass their class, then that teacher needs to be either examined or fired. It's sad, that sometimes schools can't find more teachers than what they have so even with the above, it's difficult.



I believe he is passionate about his education, not teaching as a whole.
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