By Ashleigh Costello
DUNCANVILLE, Texas – A Duncanville High School student is drawing praise from throughout the nation after a YouTube video surfaced of him giving his history teacher a tongue lashing.
The video, which was posted to the site Monday, shows sophomore Jeff Bliss calling out his teacher for what he believes are poor teaching practices.
The exchange began after Bliss asked the teacher why students did not have more time to prepare for a state standardized exam, according to WFAA.com. The situation escalated when the teacher reportedly told Bliss to stop complaining and leave the classroom.
“If you would just get up and teach us instead of handing ‘em a packet , there’s kids in here that don’t learn like that… they need to learn face-to-face,” Bliss can be heard saying in the 84-second clip.
“You gotta take this job serious. This is the future of this nation. And when you come in here like you did last time and make a statement about ‘oh this is my paycheck,’ indeed it is… but this is my country’s future and my education.”
To hear the rest of Bliss’ comments, watch the video below:
The teacher shown in the clip is reportedly Julie Phung, a World History and Asian American Studies teacher. Her LinkedIn profile shows she has been with the district for eight years.
Bliss told WFAA he has no regrets over his classroom rant.
“I want to see a teacher stand up and interact with the students, get involved, discuss, talk, question, and get deep into the subject,” Bliss said.
The video has been viewed more than 1.3 million times, and reactions have been mostly positive.
Duncanville administrators said they are looking into the situation.
“This district is aware of the video and we are currently addressing the situation,” wrote Tammy Kuykendall, the district’s chief communications officer. “As a district with a motto of Engaging Hearts and Minds we focus on building positive relationships with students and designing engaging work that is meaningful.
“We want our students and teachers to be engaged, but the method by which the student expressed his concern could have been handled in a more appropriate way. We are and will continue to be open to listening to students.”
Bliss said he has a meeting with the school’s principal on Thursday to discuss what happened. So far he has not been reprimanded.
A petition to remove Julie Phung from her teaching position at DHS has been posted online.