Jeff Bliss still doesn’t agree with American education.
You may remember the ranting and raving Texas teen that told off his teacher and became a Youtube phenomenon. Well, we wrote a piece on Mr. Bliss not too long ago where we took a look at his accusations and tried to piece together the deplorable state of the American education system.
And I was so proud of my examination, the spoiled, self-assured individual that I am, that I began to wonder if Mr. Bliss would agree with my examinations. Does he really believe in the importance of education? Is he an individual who is frustrated with the apathy within American high schools? Was his rant even sincere? Or was it just another example of the teenage fuck-the-establishment attitude that seems so rampant these days?
Fortunately, the good people over at Gawker reported on the state of Mr. Bliss and his continued assertion that he was right, they were wrong, and education is important to young people.
Turns out, Jeff has no regrets and really does seem to care about education. He says he now knows the value of an education and that it is essential for his success. Better yet, Jeff doesn’t seem to be getting in trouble for any of this. Dr. Alfred Ray, the super intendant for the school, actually told Fox 4 that they “love it when students are passionate about their education”.
Now it could be that the school magically grew a conscience and started giving a shit about their students as soon as the spotlight landed on them. More likely, to punish this guy would be PR suicide. Can you imagine? A student gets angry about the state of his education and then the school suspends the kid for being insubordinate? Yeah, that would go over great.
As lovely as all of this is, I am going to play devil’s advocate. The internet has a way of grabbing on to sensational videos like this and wringing them like a sponge until every last drop of publicity falls out. The truth is; we are paying this guy way too much attention. In the same video where Ray mentions Jeff’s passion, he also warns not to make any assumptions about the video based on seeing a 90 second interaction that was, most assuredly, taken out of context.
That is great advice. Maybe this kid really is the super hero everybody is making him out to be. Or maybe he is a boy playing at a man’s game. Teachers are aware of the deplorable state of the education system. There is not one teacher that looks at the dull, blank stares of high school students and thinks ‘wow, everything is going great here!’
So many teachers are gridlocked by political correctness, fear of a lawsuit, and the tedious standardized tests issued by various government agencies. If Jeff really wants to have a lively discussion and find a teacher that will ‘touch his freakin heart’, then just coast through high school, get to college to take classes with any professor with tenure. Those guys will say anything including, but not limited to: crushing your dreams, ruining your chances at happiness, and general vulgarity to make a point.
Jeff’s 15 minutes are almost over. So I will put it to him. Put up or shut up. Stop dropping out of school, maybe get a haircut, spend all your money to become a teacher, and then see if you like it when the bratty kid in the back of the class trashes you for the whole internet to see. I’ll be patiently waiting until then.
the above image can be found here