Viral Video of the Day: High School Student Schools His Teacher
Frustrated by receiving packets and worksheets instead of a lecture, Texas high school student Jeff Bliss shared his feelings about his teacher’s lack of engagement as she made him leave the classroom.
Ok. I’ve been thinking about this video since I first saw it yesterday. Here are my thoughts, as a teacher:
I’ve been here. This video made me feel awful because it brought back some painful memories of teaching in alternative schools with kids who were angry, dealing with major life-issues, or sick. Those kids, who I loved despite all of their problems, did not know how to handle supportive caring adults, because they had literally never encountered one before. I worked my tail off for them, and I am proud to call myself a damn fine teacher.
But they didn’t know how to handle that. So I was cursed out, threatened, cornered, and repeatedly told “You’re not teaching me! You’re failing me! You’re not doing your job!” Teenagers have a superpower: they are fantastic at figuring out how best to hurt people. By flinging out “You’re a bad teacher,” they were guaranteed to hurt my feelings and push me away. If I was pushed away, I could never betray them (I wouldn’t and didn’t, of course. They just weren’t able to trust because of past experiences.).
I knew and still know it wasn’t true, but it stung anyway.
I’m not saying that’s what happened in this classroom. I don’t know this student or his situation; he could be an honors student with a fantastic home life who is pointing out a teacher who is burnt out and relying on packet-crutches. He could be completely right.
I just know I won’t be clicking on it again.
[and an aside: There are so many fantastic teachers out there who pour our hearts and souls into our work. Please don’t tar all of public education with the mistakes of a few. The system needs work, and we do it every day. My hands are tied on so many things, but I truly do my best for the kids. When people bash teachers online it makes me sad.]Source: thedailywhat