Friday, May 10, 2013

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Jeff Bliss Teaches A Lesson: Duncanville High School

        So today a friend sent me an interesting video. In Duncanville High School, a student stood up to a teacher and criticized her style for simply showing up for the paycheck and simply passing out worksheets instead of having a discussion with the students and getting them interested. "You want kids to come in your class, you want them to get excited for this? You gotta come in here, you gotta make them excited."

          Now, Jeff Bliss looks like the chillest guy you could ever meet, but in fact, he's a teacher's son and he says he discovered the value of education when he dropped out of high school for a year, because he realized that he wouldn't take any sort of step into his future. Is this justified, though? Does the guy have a point?

I wonder...
          Yes. He does. In Mexico this is a topic of debate, because teachers are protesting; the government has passed a few reforms that require them to be tested in order to confirm their capacity. In my coutry, we have a popular saying: El que nada debe, nada teme. Let me translate: He who owes nothing fears nothing. Many teachers, as Jeff had mentioned, just show up for the paycheck and indeed, there's word of many who just sit there and do nothing all day.

           How can one expect their children to get a good education like that? I've been fortunate enough to be in some extremely good schools, and our teachers do indeed engage us in interesting ways, but the same cannot be said for many other places. I am indeed glad that our government is making sure to have more competent teachers, and as for the United States, their educational system is praised by many other countries, but hopefully, Jeff's stand will help people realize that there's always room to improve, and indeed, I've much rather learn with sticks and stones but be fully engaged than to simply read worksheets with no explanation at all. Why go to school to do something you could do as well, or even better, at home?

I mean, ther are a few people more productive without bad teachers.
          Now, Jeff, bro, you have this blogger's full support, so if you read this, know you are fighting the good fight, for indeed, you say that it's the future of your country. It's also the future of my country and many others, and the world has to wake up and do something about it. And what if they don't believe at first? Nordic countries invest the most in education and right now they've got the best quality of life one could even wish for. I hope, and indeed, one could think Jeff does too, to find a day when the whole world reaches that quality. 

Meanwhile, check out his interview. You go, man.