A YouTube video of a frustrated high school student’s rant about his teacher’s poor learning methods has the world of social media talking, along with the school district. The video was recorded at Duncanville High School close to Dallas, Texas.
According to NBCDFW, YouTube removed the initial video, but a posting on another video site has racked up more than 300,000 views as of Wednesday night.
In the video, taken on a cell phone, the student goes on about his dissatisfaction with the way his teacher has been educating the students.
“If you would just get up and teach them instead of handing them a freaking packet, yo,” the student said. “There are kids in here who don’t learn like that, they need to learn face to face!”
In between pauses of the student’s rant, the teacher tells him that he is wasting her time and repeatedly asks him to leave the classroom.
“You want them to come to your class, you want them to get excited?” the student continued. “You got to come in here, you got to make them excited. You got to take this job seriously. This is the future of this nation. This is my country’s future and my education.”
The student eventually left the classroom, but not without a few last words.
“And if you would like, I’ll teach you a little more about how to teach a freaking class.”
The Duncanville ISD released the following statement about the video:
“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. 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.”
The student has since been identified as Jeff Bliss. According to KVUE, Bliss said the situation happened after he asked the teacher about why students did not have enough time to study for the STAAR test. He said the exchange escalated when the teacher’s response was for him to stop complaining. The teacher told Bliss to leave the class, and that’s when the video started recording.
Bliss dropped out of school for a year before returning after realizing the worth of his education.
“What I soon realized is without that education I’m not going to make any steps forward into my future,” he said, according to KVUE.
Bliss said the school’s principal called for a meeting with him on Thursday to discuss what happened. He said at this point he has not been punished.