By now, you’ve probably seen the “student lectures teacher” viral video, in which a student named Jeff Bliss is excused from a class, but not before he criticizes his teacher’s pedagogy and tells her she needs to inspire her students for the sake of our country’s future.
Since the viral video, Jeff Bliss has given his first TV interview and, surprise, he’s not backing down.
In the original clip, a frustrated Bliss was kicked out of his class, and despite his teacher’s repeated “byes” and “get outs,” he argued for the value of good education and called his teacher out for not caring about the academic success of her class.
“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,” Bliss said.
Since the video went viral, Bliss was interviewed by a local TV station about his passionate speech, and said that he doesn’t regret what he said.
“I want to see a teacher stand up and interact with the students, get involved, discuss, talk, question,” the 18-year-old explained.
For Bliss, whose own mother is a teacher, education has always been a tough road. He dropped out of school for a year, but says that he returned when he realized the true value of his education.
Due to the video, he is set to meet with a school principal this week. We’re not sure what to expect, but if you’re an official at Jeff Bliss’ school, do us a solid, whip out your iPhone, and record it.