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There's kids in here who don't learn like that, they need to learn face-to-face.

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 10 May 2013



There's kids in here who don't learn like that, they need to learn face-to-face.
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 155
Posted DateFriday 10 May 2013 09:11 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

You may well have seen this video as it has gone viral. In it, Jeff Bliss, a High School Student in Duncanville, Texas rants at his history teacher about her teaching methods after being kicked out of class. Here are a few things he says in the rant:

"If you would just get up and teach them instead of handing them a freaking packet, yo. There's kids in here who don't learn like that, they need to learn face-to-face."

"You want kids to come to class? You want them to get excited? You gotta come in here, you gotta make 'em excited, to change him and make him better, you gotta touch his freakin' heart.”

And later in an interview he says this: "I want to see a teacher stand up and interact with the students, get involved, discuss, talk, question and dig deep into the subject."

I was educated at a traditional boy's grammar school - most of the teaching was by "chalk and talk" delivered by crusty, aging, male school masters. Strangely, it was considered a good education at the time but one would have hoped that the world had moved on in 50 years since I was a boy.

If this teacher was really "teaching" her class by "handing them freaking packets" then surely that's a retrograde step.

If we are to stand any chance of saving our civilisation education must be transformed.

Original rant by Jeff Bliss in the classroom

Interview with Jeff Bliss

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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