Good for you, Jeff Bliss! What a kid. Love him. What I particularly liked was that he used his words, he didn't physically lash out (I've recently seen several videos of kids literally hitting their teachers) and he didn't use profanity. He was actually quite respectful, all in all, considering his anger. Unlike the writer of this article, however, I do not necessarily give the teacher a pass. First, listen closely - she is dismissive of her student. She had a wide range of possible reactions and the one she gives him is the most apathetic one - basically, "go away, kid, you bother me." She doesn't thank him, which she should, and if she did make the paycheck comment, well . . . you know what? Jeff Bliss is right - it is her paycheck, but the point is - you have to EARN it. And how a teacher EARNS it is by teaching, coaching, motivating, inspiring - you know the words that go with this. As to the necessity of standardized testing or not - I'm in general agreement that just "teaching to the test" is a bad idea and may be the reason for the standardized packets of information, but you know what - a GOOD teacher takes the standard and GOES further with it - sparks discussion, asks questions, turns and looks at her students, has them talk to each other, etc. etc. This woman - no, she's not a good teacher and I don't think the blame should be on the testing policies. Perhaps it ought to be on the unions, eh? Oh, no, we wouldn't want to talk about how bad teachers can never be fired?
If I were Jeff's parents, I'd be considering home schooling. He does deserve better, as do all the kids. But I know he'll be fine - he's smart and resourceful. Probably a lot smarter and more resourceful than his sorry excuse for a teacher. Chin up, Jeff - it isn't hte first or the last time you'll have a lousy teacher.