One of the things I was taught in my education classes, and one of things that stuck with me because it’s true in day-to-day life, is that learning is a two-way street. You are never just an educator, you’re a learner as well — a life-long learner, if you’re doing it right. Part of accepting that position is being able to hear others out and learn from their points of view, something that the teacher in this video was clearly not taught to do.
The video below shows a young man, Jeff Bliss, addressing his teacher irately as he’s being sent out of class. As he’s leaving, he’s leveling pointed criticisms at his teacher for using packets instead of actually teaching, while the teacher dismissively tells him to leave. The student eventually leaves the classroom, telling the teacher:
And now I will leave, and you’re welcome. And if you would like, I’ll teach you a little more so you can actually learn how to teach a frickin’ class. Because since I got here, I have been nothing but reading packets, so don’t try and take credibility for teaching me jack.
Since the video picks up at the beginning of the argument, there’s no telling what led up to it. However, the school district that Mr. Bliss attended, the Duncanville ISD, took steps after the video went viral to rectify the situation. And instead of suspending Mr. Bliss, they placed the teacher on administrative leave. Superintended Alfred Ray told Fox 4 that:
I would tell you that the conversation that Mr. Bliss had is a conversation we love our students to have with their teachers. I think the setting and the tone could have very well been different. I think that Mr. Bliss probably understands that himself, but I tell you that our core beliefs value all of the individuals in our district and we value the input Jeff has as we would for every student in our district.
Indeed, and I think this is a conversation we should all be having, since education is so integral to our future.