Video: High school student draws acclaim for giving his teacher a tongue lashing

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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 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.

By Ashleigh Costello at



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  1. deejayaz says

    “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. ”

    School Admins, many times, forget/ignore a major factor about their charges – these are children, still. I believe when a student is frustrated because he/she KNOWS they could learn and that others could learn with the right tools, the “educators” have failed.

    This student can learn how to polish his communicative skills, but apparently, public speaking must come to them in a packet, along with, other studies.

    If I had it to do all over, again, I would not support the NEA’s welfare system. My children would be home-schooled. Education shouldn’t come in a wrapper to be opened and dispersed by lazy disconnected schmucks.

  2. NewMexicoGlo says

    What an awesome young man! From the response given by his teacher, it seems that her interest and enthusiasm for her job is about the same as mine for cleaning up what my dogs leave in the yard… Way to go Jeff!!!

  3. edgineer says

    Privatize the school system, ban unions.

  4. kds says

    This shows how tenure in the teachers union works. DON’T DO SH-T and get paid.

  5. Andy Withers says

    My daughter had one of these sorry weasels in High School for biology. The woman was black and would hand out worksheets instead of teaching. She would help the black kids in class who asked questions, but she would belittle the white kids who tried to ask for help. B1TCH.

    Needless to say, I am delighted to see this young fellow take a stand, and haul that sorry excuse for a teacher into the public eye.

  6. CapNCraigAgain says

    33 years ago, I got suspended for a week for doing the same thing.

  7. Chuck Wingfield says

    I have to agree with JV. Way to go young man, with more students like you our country stands a chance.

  8. steveindajeep says

    I have no idea how this escalated so i cant say whether the child should be punished for “disrupting the class” but if they were shorted on exam time he has every right to be pist. However, i guarantee that teacher didn’t give a rats ass about anything that he said or the repercussions of the video…why, cause she either has tenure or is in a union

  9. Michael Edwards says

    Hooray for Bliss, Sounds like a Student that really wants to really learn something in High School

  10. wizzid0 says


    1. edgineer says

      Absolutely. Let the parents decide.

  11. Vivian says

    This young man sounds as though he has great potential and is bored with the hands-off teaching style alleged to occur in this classroom. My guess – he’s intellectually sharper than the instructor.

  12. Craig Brandon says

    This KID may have had a point, but it should not have been delivered in front of the entire class in his showboating disrespectful manner. His concerns should have gone to his parents, a principal, or a counselor. He should be punished for disrupting the class, and for disrespecting the teacher. I am not defending the teacher, nor am I saying his thoughts are wrong. Not knowing the teacher’s teaching style, I can only say that at the very least, she needs to have more control over her students. She should have stopped this tirade when it began instead of letting him go on for so long. It appears the English Department may have failed him too. He can barely put a sentence together when speaking.

    1. 2egypt says

      This kid is correct. They are the future of our country. This teacher doesn’t seem to give a s**t about our country. Get her out…..

  13. Dan S. says

    Some times it takes the student to get upset to at least try to get the attention of the teacher. In this clip it really sounds, to me, that the teacher has a great deal of apathy toward her class as well as her job. totally NOT a good thing for her.

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