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Unbelievable: Student Goes Ballistic on Teacher for Not Teaching Her in Class

by Dr. Boyce Watkins

Someone sent me a video the other day, telling me “You’ve got to see this.”  It’s ironic that I received this message because I’d just returned from speaking to an auditorium full of principals, counselors and teachers in Miami, all of whom were deeply concerned about finding ways to educate black children.  Conscientious educators and parents are our most valuable soldiers in the battle for the souls of our children and for that, and they should be greatly appreciated.

But every time you want to applaud the good teachers for doing their best, you then see something like this.

In this video (below), a young girl (as Kanye West might say) goes H.A.M. on her teacher for not teaching her and her classmates.  In a 10 minute screaming and yelling session, the young woman says that she’s tired of hearing the teacher tell one stupid story after another and dumbing down the class to make students feel comfortable.  She is expressing the kind of rage and indignation all of us should feel over the fact that our children are being fed through the educational system like cattle without ever receiving the tools they need in order to be successful.

I am not sure what this teacher was doing to set the young woman off, but there is a deeper meaning behind this explosive dialogue.   While the young woman expresses her concern with the rage of a teenager, the truth is that we should all be outraged when our kids spend more time memorizing self-destructive music than learning how to read and write.  Parents should be livid when they send their kids to school every day and find that their kids haven’t learned a thing.   Teachers should be angry that we’ve got a system that is more concerned with maintaining counterproductive bureaucratic procedures than actually making sure our kids get what they need.

Harvard University historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich once said that “Great women are rarely well-behaved.”  So, while this teen may be breaking every rule in the book, the fact is that she might be saying something that truly needs to be said. The same way that slaves in 1812 had to fight in order to learn how to read, we are forced to fight in 2012 to help our kids to learn the basics in order to avoid a lifetime of self-destruction.  Education is one of the great civil rights issues of the twenty-first century, and these battles aren’t won by being polite.

It’s time to occupy our schools. 

The video is here if you’d like to see it. 

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a professor at Syracuse University and author of the book, “Black American Money.” To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.

 

 

49 Responses to Unbelievable: Student Goes Ballistic on Teacher for Not Teaching Her in Class

  1. latonya Reply

    July 22, 2013 at 9:44 am

    The public school systems nationwide have been failing our children for a very long time. Now, even the children in the schools are speaking out about it! SMH!!!

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  3. ysheaka Reply

    January 22, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    I just can not believe that someone would say that a child is disrupting the class when she told the teacher that she would like to be taught…When I was going to school you would have some teachers talk about their life and buisness to the student than teach them what they would take a test on…I am disgusted by a parent who would discourage a child to stand up to whats right…If she was mine I would be proud mother like I am of my own right now…I am glad we have a little Rosa Park in our mist…

  4. eric Reply

    December 16, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    That teacher should be fired and why the media keep running this conn shooting on tv?they really need to stop it,our white society created these kind of weapons and others,now that tragedy hit their suburb area and white kids died they run it on every news channel for two weeks,run the tragedy in chicago on every channel run the police brutality of afro americans on every channel. Yeah it was sad what happen to those kids its nothing new Now they want to change gun laws because a bunch of white kids died at one time!!! PlEaSE

  5. Katie Reply

    December 15, 2012 at 4:25 am

    The teacher seemed to have no control or skills in educating young adults.He should be removed.Who hired him.He has no connection to the young people.I support the student , she was totally fed up with his nonsence.

  6. Herman Hawkins Jr. Reply

    December 14, 2012 at 1:08 am

    The child’s disruptive behavior should not be condoned and she should have gone a more gracious route. That being said, there is also the possibility that she may have gone the more diplomatic road and got brushed off, which sometimes happens in this bureaucratic world. What bothers me as much as the young lady’s abrupt behavior is the nonchalant attitude of the teacher but even more so the laughing and giggling of the male students near the camera on the right. In conclusion there is a disconnect between teachers and students, but perhaps there is even a greater disconnect between teachers and parents but sometimes parents and their children. All of this needs to be addressed.

  7. Butch Reply

    December 13, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    LOL…what are these teachers being paid for?

  8. C. Marshall Reply

    December 13, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    The teacher stopped teaching because the students were disruptive and very disrespectful in the classroom. She stopped trying to talk over the disrespectful students. This teacher probably alerted the administration. The administration probably removed the disruptive/disrespectful student(s) from the classroom only to send the student(s)back within 15 minutes. No consequences for disrupting ththe education process or disrespecting the teacher. I see this type of behavior every day. Many parents do not discipline their children. The teachers can not discipline the students. Many students along with their parents fo not value education.

  9. rolyn Reply

    December 13, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    It is so sad, that the majority of black people condone this child’s behavior. The problem with black people is we have created a culture were kids are taught not to respect authority or education. Then we wonder why other groups come to this country and excel. So called black leaders want to blame our problems on racism but none want to hold black people accountable for their bad behavior and actions let alone do any real community grassroots work. If it doesn’t involve the media or critizing Obama they are not interested. smh!!!

  10. rolyn Reply

    December 13, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    It is so sad, that the majority of black people condone this child’s behavior. The problem with black people is we have created a culture were kids are taught not to respect authority or education. Then we wonder why other groups come to this country and excel. So called black leaders want to blame our problems on racism but none want to hold black people accountable for their bad behavior and actions let alone do any real community grassroots work. If it doesn’t involve the media or critizing Obama they are not interested. smh!!!

  11. Elizabeth Reply

    December 13, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    This is so sad. I applaud this young woman for speaking out. What is equally sad it the taunts coming from the young African-Amercan males in the class. They never thought to shut up, listen and support her.

    Where are her parents, do they care about their child?

  12. Oldsckoolnyker Reply

    December 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    So what if she was frustrated. There are proper channels to have your concerns adressed without being explosive and emotionally out of control. Is this what her reaction is going to be when she becomes a full fledged member of society? Are we saying that this is the way students should react when they feel disadvantaged? Yell and scream and verbally lash out instead of utilizing the proper channels to get your point across? Good luck in the real world!

  13. jennifer Reply

    December 13, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I think the student said the teacher is striking. Are teachers striking but still just sitting in the classroom not teaching?

  14. Natalie Reply

    December 13, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    That’s crazy because the exact same thing just happened in one of my daughter’s classes. Her teacher stopped teaching because a few students were being disruptive. Instead of the teacher removing them or disciplining, she just sat there for the duration of the class saying nothing. My daughter says this happened so frequently that one day a student sounded off. Can’t say I blame them. There are enough kids who DO care about their education and want to excel. I say shame on the teacher.

    • Brain Reply

      December 14, 2012 at 6:46 am

      Seriously! You try dealing with these unruly children. Teachers don’t get the support you may think. Then if you call for help to many times you are seen as incapable of handling your class! Children should be there ready to learn.

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