Teens React to Jeff Bliss

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The original.

This is something that I feel very strongly about. I commend the Fine Bros for doing a video on Jeff Bliss, but at the same time, want to be in that room, talking about those issues. Nineteen and a half minutes is not nearly enough time to cover all the different little facets of the entire modern educational issue. They touch on a lot of reasons why the system is so broken down, and it’s clear to me that these teens are living proof that we students aren’t just mindless sheep or opinionless, powerless pieces of clay to mold as you please. There’s so much about it, from the fact that some teachers aren’t doing a good job to the fact that the administration sucks to the fact that there’s too much material and not enough money to the facts that students are getting lazier and lazier.

Yes, we’re all apathetic. It’s not just students, it’s not just teachers, it’s not just the government. It’s everybody.

To me, it all goes back to power dynamics. Because when we go back to the root of it all, it’s all about power. When people are in power, they generally like to stay in power, and that causes them to make decisions that they think will ensure that they stay in power. If this means quashing the public, you might as well start low. And these children grow up to be these politicians, and a vicious cycle is born.

Sometimes, I stop to think about what it means to be a good example for people. How one example leads to more examples. But then, who is willing to take the life-altering dive to become that example? Who wants to live their lives in the glass house on the city upon the hill?

I’m starting to think that power runs hand-in-hand with apathy.

And maybe it’s true, what all those feminists say, that women are the key to the world’s success. Because, just like power, and apathy, and life, we’re cyclical. 

The world runs perfectly on cycles.

But it won’t succeed on a spiral.

Our educational system is messy, weird, and woefully inadequate. It’s also getting worse by the year as funding keeps getting siphoned off into god knows where. High school, for the most part, doesn’t teach us how to succeed in life or in college. And in our economy, a college degree doesn’t guarantee a job. But there are still people who care.

And there are still your own talents.

Just because the teacher doesn’t teach doesn’t mean you can’t learn. High school is still a safe time in life to discover who you are as a person; organize the multitude of opinions, attitudes, and styles that you’ll accumulate; and figure out your next steps into young adult-hood.

Personally, I’ve learned some very important life skills that have gotten some very high-standing people in our society to very high places. I’ve learned many of the ins and outs of a system that I’ve learned I don’t like. I’ve learned what it takes to be one of the people living in a glass house on the city upon a hill. I’ve learned my limits, and I’ve learned where I can push myself.

I’ve also learned that there is always going to be something somewhere that I will always want to learn.

(This has been another messy opinion post that veered more off the line than the Canadian-United border.)



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