Here's the video of Duncanville sophomore Jeff Bliss lecturing his "lazy" teacher. I put lazy in quotes because there's clearly a lot we don't know about what happened in the minutes, days and weeks before the camera was turned on. Having said that, the teacher's response to this student is telling. It does seem to indicate his argument and comments are probably pretty accurate.
A commenter on our facebook page had a great line about this video: "what he is being is discourteous, not disrespectful. You see we owe everyone courtesy, but respect must be earned."
What the student highlights is what we all know: there are bad teachers. Thankfully, they are in the minority. But a school system that lets a teacher who just hands out packets and thinks that's educating is doing a disservice to its students, to the taxpayers and to society.
The vast majority of teachers do earn that respect. Dr. Rita Pierson (whom I recently had on the show with Waco ISD Superintendent Dr. Bonnie Cain), gave a remarkably relevant speech at TED just days before this video went viral.
Many listeners were critical of Drs. Cain and Pierson and their approach to dealing with poverty in Waco, which was the topic of our conversation on the show. I was, too. But I will say the hour the three of us spend in the studio after the show was far more enlightening than the hour we spent on the air. I wish it wasn't that way, but sometimes public officials are less forthcoming when the microphone is on. I don't agree with everything Dr. Pierson is doing here, but after our off-air conversation and watching her speak to TED, I think she's one of the good educators. I hope she helps Waco ISD.