Student points out flaws in education system

Posted by
Jeff Black On Jun 25 , 2013

Ironically, this video of a student going off on his teacher was posted earlier this year during Teacher Appreciation Week. The video quickly went viral, making the first page of Reddit, after a student uploaded it to YouTube.

Jeff Bliss, a sophomore at Duncanville High School in Texas, criticized his teacher, Ms. Phung, for not teaching him and his classmates anything and for only sitting behind her desk and handing them packets.

“This freakin’ lady goes off on kids because they don’t freakin’ get this crap,” Bliss says. “If you would just get up and teach them instead of handing them a freakin’ packet, yo. There’s kids in here who don’t learn like that.”

Bliss may not have a way with words (possibly due to his teacher’s lack of teaching), but he makes very valid points.

In college it’s the exact same scenario except for the fact that the professor is typically standing in front of the class or in front of a video camera if it’s being taped for online students to watch later.

If a student is not a self-learner then they are never going to succeed in a 300 to 400 person class in which the professor tells them what to read and what to write down.

I remember taking an entry level digital media two years ago. Digital media was not my major so I knew little to nothing about the subject; nonetheless, I did end up learning. The catch was I didn’t learn it from my professor. I learned it from another student I just so happened to make friends with when I was in the library one day.

I owe the majority of the skills listed on my resume to peers, who knew more than me in a particular subject.

The education system is going to have to make some changes fast before more students stand up like Bliss and as more free MOOCs pop up.

What do you think about the video? Do you believe there is a problem with the U.S. education system? Tell us what you think in the comment section.