America's Broken Education System

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“If you would just get up and teach them instead of handing them a packet. There’s kids in here that don’t learn like that. They need to learn face to face. I’m telling you what you need to do. You can’t expect a kid to change if all you do is just tell ‘em.” Texas student, Jeff Bliss, decided to take a stand against the lack of teaching going on in his class (Broderick). Across America, young people are being short changed due to a broken education system. Bliss is just one example of the shared frustration felt by students. In an interview, Jeff said one of his key points is the fact that it's not just about his education, it's about our education. "If we embrace this, I feel as if we can make a serious change and a positive change. But if we just want to ignore and push this to the side then I expect to see the same problems again and again." Though he was not punished for his actions by the district, Bliss reveals that after dropping out of school and returning the next year, he takes his education very seriously and expects his teachers to do the same (Collins). “You got to take this job serious, this is the future of this nation… this is my country’s future and my education,” said Jeff. A video of the outburst, taken by another student, has since gone viral on various social media outlets causing a buzz throughout the educational system. Bliss expressed his own opinion about the changes he wants to see implemented by saying, “I want to see a teacher stand up and interact with the students, get involved, discuss, talk, question and dig deep into the subject,” in the interview (Klein). A classroom of thirty is filled with a diverse group of students that think in all different ways. Each child’s brain processes informat... ... middle of paper ... ...cation, 18 June 2013. Web. 18 Oct. 2015. Ellis, Karen. "READ OR GO TO JAILLiteracy and National Reading Statistics, Teaching Reading: Educational CyberPlayGround." Literacy and the National Reading Statistics, Prison Rates and Test Scores Found on the Educational CyberPlayGround. Educational Cyber Playground, n.d. Web. 18 Oct. 2015. Klein, Rebecca. "Jeff Bliss Teacher Rant: High School Sophomore Goes Off On Teacher In Texas Classroom (VIDEO) (GRAPHIC LANGUAGE)." The Huffington Post., 09 May 2013. Web. 18 Oct. 2015. National Governors Association Center for Best Practices. "Read the Common Core Standards:." Common Core State Standards Initiative. Council of Chief State School Officers, 2010. Web. 18 Oct. 2015. Strauss, Valerie. "Eight Problems with Common Core Standards." Washington Post. The Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2012. Web. 18 Oct. 2015.

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