The Secret Power of Your High School Yearbook - Smarter Every Day 284

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  • SmarterEveryDay
    SmarterEveryDay  Před 6 měsíci +431

    My teachers are wonderful. I’d love to hear your best story about a teacher who helped you. #ThankYourTeacher

    • job berry frith
      job berry frith Před 6 měsíci +1

      Hey 🎉 I like the content just remember live life,love your self and just do it

    • El'endia Starman
      El'endia Starman Před 6 měsíci +3

      Mr. Willis in 3rd-5th grade was the one teacher that made math *fun* for me, and it has been my lifelong first love. I have a BS in Applied Math but to this day I still greatly enjoy recreational mathematics and I constantly play around with patterns and games.

    • Krater Void
      Krater Void Před 6 měsíci +4

      We need to thank our more , teachers like you ❤❤❤

    • The Uneducated Biologist
      The Uneducated Biologist Před 6 měsíci +2

      I had a spanish teacher in 9th grade named Señor Rankin. He taught me that learning can be fun and easy. He also taught me that there’s a time and place to be silly.

    • LucenProject
      LucenProject Před 6 měsíci +4

      For those of us not in the know, what is Tag Class 6:41?

  • Wooten Basset
    Wooten Basset Před 6 měsíci +214

    I’m a teacher. The respect you just showed for your teachers inspires me to keep being the best teacher I can be. Thank you.

    • Gary Whitt
      Gary Whitt Před 5 měsíci +3

      Thank you Wooten, from the rest of us who can’t or won’t teach the way you can! We appreciate you!

    • Will Johnson
      Will Johnson Před 5 měsíci +1

      Graduating this year and can only say there's 1 teacher out of my whole school I'll thank for being such a genuine person. Need more teachers like you fr

    • Heroniak
      Heroniak Před 2 měsíci +1

      You have the power to change lives forever. God bless your work and I wish you the very best =)

  • Jason Tucker
    Jason Tucker Před 6 měsíci +344

    First hand knowledge...since I was in Mrs Teague's Trig class with you (the Tiger Tales yearbook was my senior year). You were always fun to be around and definitely one of the smartest people in the class. Glad to see the Lord has blessed you and you are doing so well. Love the channel!

    • SmarterEveryDay
      SmarterEveryDay  Před 6 měsíci +93

      On the city’s southern border…

    • Millillion
      Millillion Před 6 měsíci +14

      I didn't have any of the teachers mentioned in this video, but I did spot a few I had in the yearbook shots.

    • Justwatchingvids
      Justwatchingvids Před 4 měsíci +2


    • Just a lone soul
      Just a lone soul Před 3 měsíci +20

      @Justwatchingvids If you cant understand, it probably, very simply, wasnt meant for you...

    • Landon G
      Landon G Před měsícem

      @JustwatchingvidsIt’s the first line of Hartselle High’s Alma Mater.

  • Rick Brumble
    Rick Brumble Před 6 měsíci +277

    My 12th grade physics teacher, Mr. Ellis, allowed me and a friend to perform some experiments from written instructions during lunch. After nearly destroying the lab by not completely reading the instructions, he returned to find walls dyed green. Without getting the least bit perturbed, he said, "Now you understand the importance of following directions." That helped me in my 25-year career in the USAF.

    • Delivery McGee
      Delivery McGee Před 5 měsíci +4

      My 10th grade physics teacher was a veteran submariner, a sonar guy, he was a crewman of the boat (USS Houston) that played USS Dallas in The Hunt For Red October, but he was on the other crew, he was on shore leave during filming of the movie. Had tons of stories from his colleagues who were extras in the movie, though. (for example, the Navy was really annoyed at the number of times they rehearsed the "emergency blow" scene, because breaching like that is ... a thing that is planned for and tested, but not good for the boat if you do it a lot.)

    • Queenie Maja
      Queenie Maja Před 3 měsíci


  • jadney
    jadney Před 6 měsíci +69

    In an era when it seems like half of our population chooses to denigrate teachers and teaching, it's wonderful to hear someone who recognizes the great things they learned, from their teachers, in school. I had a wide range of teachers, but they ranged from average to terrific. I remember and cherish each of them. Unfortunately, I'm getting old and I suspect all of them have passed on by now. I'm grateful that I had the opportunity, a few years ago, to give my junior high English teacher a hug of appreciation. She was one of the terrific ones.

  • Paulman50
    Paulman50 Před 6 měsíci +288

    I think the one person that shaped my life the most was my first boss. When I became the boss, I made sure I treated my staff the same. He was an amazing teacher even though we were not in school.

    • Wrex 509
      Wrex 509 Před 6 měsíci +6

      The best boss I ever had set me up for success in every task he assigned to me. Ive never had any employees, but Ive led a lot of volunteer groups, and that was one of the lessons I've taken from it.

    • David Horizon
      David Horizon Před 6 měsíci +6

      Such a good point. We can all be the good boss or coworker that teaches and helps others to succeed. I promise your best success will be the one where you helped someone else succeed!

    • Paulman50
      Paulman50 Před 6 měsíci +3

      @davidhorizon8401 two of my past employees are now close friends and are both multi millionaires.

  • TestarossaGZ B
    TestarossaGZ B Před 6 měsíci +2158

    Thank you, Destin, for fifteen years of wonderful education

    • Straight Up Shots
      Straight Up Shots Před 6 měsíci +17

      Yes! Another great educator ❤

    • Joshua Swidrovich
      Joshua Swidrovich Před 6 měsíci +13

      Seriously, Destin is a person to aspire to be. When I have kids these mans videos are going to be an example of what a role model should look like.

    • anonymeister123
      anonymeister123 Před 6 měsíci +4

      My teacher did the same thing with Viola Swamp!

    • grgb1998
      grgb1998 Před 6 měsíci +3

      Literally has become an educator himself. And one of the best ever too.

    • ninjajeb
      ninjajeb Před 6 měsíci

      100%, best teacher ever. Thank you Destin

  • Ken DeBusk
    Ken DeBusk Před 6 měsíci +22

    One of my most memorable teachers was the band director. He taught me about music, of course, but more importantly, he used a science fiction book to teach me about sociology and prejudice. Also, using the same book, he taught me that a book is not just a story (in most cases, there are exceptions), but it conveys a deeper meaning, one you get by "reading between the lines" and seeing the second level of the story. Thank you, Julian Herring!
    The other (yeah, I have two on top of the list, tied) taught me why you cannot divide by 0. Before, when I asked, I got the rote "That's just the way it is." When I asked this teacher, he reminded me that much like multiplication is merely repeated addition, that division was repeated subtraction. How do you divide 6 by 3? See how many times you can subtract 3 from 6 before reaching 0. Once gives you 3, twice gives you 0. Easy, right? OK, how many times can you take 0 from 6? No matter how many times you do it, even infinitely, you still have 6. You can never get to 0. Thank you, Donald Schwendimann!

  • Science Olympiad Alumni Network
    Science Olympiad Alumni Network Před 6 měsíci +55

    Destin, we love being part of your yearbook! Hearing that Science Olympiad was a formative experience for you is incredible! When are we going to get you to do a video for us?! You, plus fellow alum Reed Timmer, the Storm Chaser... now that would be a pairing the internet needs!

    • Wendell Wu
      Wendell Wu Před 5 měsíci +1

      Can’t believe destin was a fellow sciolyer 😭😭😭

    • J C
      J C Před 5 měsíci +1

      Wow. I was watching Reed earlier

    • Brainkrieg
      Brainkrieg Před 3 měsíci

      Hey, I remember Science Olympiad! My favorite events were the paper airplanes and the egg drop. So much practice with my dad on the stairs (which were carpeted, so the stakes for the egg drop were extremely high!)

  • Franklin Bigbee
    Franklin Bigbee Před 6 měsíci +25

    I’m finishing up with my 24th kindergarten class at the end of this school year. As a long time teacher I can testify to the power of a simple thank you from my former students. Last year I got an invitation to graduation from’Max’ for his masters in mechanical engineering. The fact that he tracked his kindergarten teacher down was one of most touching moments in my life.
    We teachers realize just how important and what wonderful things our students have taught us. I’ve taught hundreds of children one of the most important life skills they will ever learn, how to read. But they have taught me so much more. Thank you all my little bees!

    • J C
      J C Před 5 měsíci +1


  • Lucid Moses
    Lucid Moses Před 6 měsíci +51

    I only have one teacher that mattered. The one that saw I wasn't a thug but rather just bored and switched me to the gifted learners even though my grades at the time didn't warrant it. That was in grade 7 and I left his class in grade 9 doing grade 12 work. That changed the path in my life immensely. I had tried to reach out to him like 5 years ago and found out he was no longer with us.

  • Don Goddard
    Don Goddard Před 6 měsíci +341

    I want to thank Brandon for pooting loud and giving us that great story! LOL

  • Bmonkeygurl
    Bmonkeygurl Před 6 měsíci +13

    As a teacher, it is refreshing to hear someone recognizing how awesome their teachers were! This makes my teacher heart happy. :)

  • Daniel G. Benes Science Shows
    Daniel G. Benes Science Shows Před 6 měsíci +13

    A few years ago I created a Thank You video for my 1987 Leander, TX High School shop teacher, Scott Simon, and posted it on FB for him to see. He didn’t have a FB page so I posted it on his wife’s wall. The response I got from him and his family was so touching it brought me to tears. His daughter, Monica, who I graduated with, told me her dad’s “thank you” response back to me was the first time he had ever posted anything on social media. Since then I’ve had past students thank me and it’s something I’ll never forget. 🤘😍🤘

  • Marcia Bentley
    Marcia Bentley Před 6 měsíci +20

    As the daughter and granddaughter of retired Alabama public school teachers, I appreciate your demonstrating that there are outstanding educators in our public schools. I, too, grew up with exceptional teachers in the Birmingham public school system. As with any job, there are some who are mediocre, but there are many more who work hard to help their students see and bring out the best in themselves. A good teacher is a gift beyond measure. ❤ (If only they were paid that way.)

    • J.A.R. Family
      J.A.R. Family Před 6 měsíci

      I never knew he was form 2 miles from me. I'm firm Decatur Alabama and he's from priceville Alabama. I always lied his content but now I'm super happy for him.

  • SNG
    SNG Před 2 měsíci +1

    My freshman year English teacher noticed that I wasn't doing good in any aspect of school so he started an after school program for the boys in the school who where falling behind. I may not have pursued English after highschool but I will always appreciate him for the time he spent with me and others like me. Also thank you Destin for making me care about the things I never thought about. I never even thought about how subs get air or if a Prince Rupert's drop can be preserved in glass. You have opened the world to so many people. Thank you

  • dsher503
    dsher503 Před 5 měsíci +1

    I can only hope my son will grow up to be this curious and to have great teachers as you did Destin. Really great video and thanks for shedding some light on your teachers.

  • Tristan Maiolo
    Tristan Maiolo Před 6 měsíci +464

    I chased down my old woodwork teacher a couple years ago 21 years after I graduated school and emailed him to thank him for teaching me what he did because I wouldn't be where I am today without his teachings. I really think he appreciated it - he's a principal now at a school in another town to what I grew up in! Side note my woodwork teacher is called Mr nail... True story!

    • found.
      found. Před 6 měsíci +8

      Sounds like my high school cafeteria teacher. His name is Chef Boyle (pronounced boil) I just thought it was hilarious

    • purpleYamask
      purpleYamask Před 6 měsíci +5

      Metalshop teacher named Mrs. Hammersmith. Lovely stocky gal, never seen anyone work so quickly and neatly with tinsnips.

    • James C Davis
      James C Davis Před 6 měsíci +3

      My woodshop teachers last name was Noah

    • Bao Mao
      Bao Mao Před 6 měsíci

      Hammer time !

    • AZ Card Guy
      AZ Card Guy Před 6 měsíci +4

      Mr. Nail was predestined to be a wood shop teacher 😂

  • Jessica Blakely
    Jessica Blakely Před 6 měsíci +1

    My husband and I have watched you with our two boys for over ten years now. Until this video I never realized you went to Hartselle High. You were two years ahead of me in school. Some of the same great teachers who shaped your life were some of my favorites as well. I made both of my kids read Edith Hamilton's Mythology because of Mrs. Morrow. I loved her! Hartselle was such a great school and a great place to grow up. Thank you for making the videos you do. You and Mark Rober have both shown my kids how much fun science and engineering can be.

  • Just a lone soul
    Just a lone soul Před 3 měsíci +2

    Destin found out about the greatness of experiencing gratitude! That was a very cool moment, thank you as well ;-)
    Experiencing gratitude is one of the best ways to (re)introduce positivity and peace in your life! I greatly advise everybody to give it a few tries and even make it a part of your daily routine! We all have people to thank (un-sarcastically...) for what "good" we are today. We also should never forget to recognize our own efforts and realizations. Cheers everyone,

  • Lowell Martin
    Lowell Martin Před 6 měsíci +1

    Congratulations Destin, you had educators who were taught how to teach, and try to see the intelligence you had.
    Myself and others had those who seemed to be more concerned about behavior than solving your problems and helping you become a well rounded person.

  • Shawn Zhang
    Shawn Zhang Před 6 měsíci

    Thank you, Destin, for reminding me of my good memory of my teachers. I want to shout out to Ms. Zhang who I met in my junior year in college. Although she was not from my department, she identified my passion for speaking, and she was completely active to be my mentor, guiding me all the way to take on speech contests and some other events -- something that I wanted to do but was always too afraid to do. I think the time I spent with her literally changed my life: not just about the contests she introduced me to, it is all about the fact that I gained a lot of confidence, making me more courageous to try different things.
    On top of that, carrying on what she has given me, my interest in teaching is also sparked. So I am thinking about being a teacher in the further, encouraging my students to try and bring forth positive impacts on them.

  • SiriuslyStarkidHP
    SiriuslyStarkidHP Před 6 měsíci +6

    Good grief, you’ve got me over here crying. I had a lot of great teachers in Albertville, too. God bless these good folks, hope our schools stay safe.

  • J Reese
    J Reese Před 6 měsíci +4

    Interesting to read all the comments. I had some great teachers, and a lot of really bad school days too; but now I can learn from the past and move on. Thank you, Destin, for being such an influential teacher to me, and to the rest of us! You've helped me over and over as I teach the next generation of students. May the Lord encourage you!

  • Jason Mulderrig
    Jason Mulderrig Před 6 měsíci +339

    I am about to graduate with my PhD in mechanical engineering in a few months. I have been planning on going through my old school yearbooks, find the contact information for my former teachers, and email them with my dissertation (and a heart-felt thank you message) as a small token of my incredible appreciation to them. I hope they find it meaningful!
    Edit: I am particularly excited to thank my science and math teachers from high school, who really inspired me and pushed me. Those particular teachers had no business in teaching at the public (non-charter) high school I attended -- they could have done bigger and better things. But they saw their teaching as a calling, and that really struck me. I am so grateful for the attention they gave to me, and how it has impacted me now.

    • Tripps Mclovin
      Tripps Mclovin Před 6 měsíci +7

      Nothing would make them happier :)

    • Jumbo64
      Jumbo64 Před 6 měsíci +5

      I mean, personally, I would just send them a thank you letter.

    • Jason Mulderrig
      Jason Mulderrig Před 6 měsíci +1

      I will of course thank my teachers in the email I will send them!

    • Jumbo64
      Jumbo64 Před 6 měsíci +2

      @Jason Mulderrig lol with the edit. I'm just saying, from my perspective, that I wouldn't send them my dissertation. It makes the thank you less about them.

    • sfurules
      sfurules Před 6 měsíci +1

      I think it would make all of them happier than you can know

  • thebuzzcutboy
    thebuzzcutboy Před 6 měsíci +1

    Science Olympiad also had a massive effect on my life. Cool to hear it inspired you to become an engineer too! Mission Possible was a really cool event, I liked scrambler a lot too.
    Thanks for sharing and edifying this community by fostering gratitude, it's a great from of worship.

  • Elazar Pimentel
    Elazar Pimentel Před 2 měsíci +1

    I contacted my Scoutmaster and told him how much structure and respect he added to my life, at a time when had I not had it, I might not be alive today. Thank you Destin.

  • wonderwu
    wonderwu Před 6 měsíci +13

    It's wild how well passion translates through all mediums. This video is so wholesome! It made me tear up just hearing how much you appreciate the people that have had an impact on your life.

  • G Barbarioli
    G Barbarioli Před 6 měsíci

    That's beautiful Destin! So refreshing seeing this! It's sad to see that teachers in my country still undervalued and being target of physical violence

  • Ford Jones
    Ford Jones Před 6 měsíci +5

    Destin, you’re really the only one on social media where I can watch your videos and really learn something from you. From either how coast guard boats work or how a Saturn V rocket goes to orbit or even shooting a golf ball going 1,000 mph into a bucket of mayo😂. You teach me to not be afraid of asking questions or learn about things, so thank you for spending time teaching these awesome things for people like me.

  • Carrie Aultman
    Carrie Aultman Před 6 měsíci +84

    Not going to lie, I teared up at this. So good walking down memory lane with you, Destin. We had many of the same teachers, and I'm privileged to have worked alongside several of them.

  • Kedo
    Kedo Před 6 měsíci

    I think one of the best testaments to how good your teachers were, is that they helped make you into such a remarkable human, that out of the thousands of students they've taught over the years, they remember you as though it was yesterday. Good on you for having a chance to tell all those folks how much they meant to you. I'm sure each of them is over the moon!

  • Oskar Krogsgård
    Oskar Krogsgård Před 5 měsíci

    Thank you, Destin, for being the teacher that many people are missing in their lives!

  • Hey Pebbles
    Hey Pebbles Před 6 měsíci

    Thank you Destin! I ran into my middle school teacher, Marianne, a few years back whilst working in gardening. It was a gorgeous sunny day, and I hadn't seen her for a good 19-20 years at the time. We hugged and chatted for a bit, and I got to tell her how much I appreciate everything's she done for me over the years. She taught me English, amongst many other things, so she literally gave me the world ❤ She made the greatest moments of my life possible, she helped travel, love, and friendships happen! Brought the poor little lady to tears, she was worried that she'd been to strict with us, but I couldn't disagree more. Felt brilliant to tell her, still feels brilliant to this day tbh.

  • bridgecross
    bridgecross Před 6 měsíci +11

    You went to a fantastic school. I learned a lot in school, but most of the teachers were disconnected from the students, even sarcastic and dismissive. I excelled in physics, but when I asked the teacher for a college recommendation he wrote one illegible sentence with a sharpie, and when I asked for a rewrite he humiliated me in front of the class. The chemistry teacher was a humorless, mocking troll. One history teacher just stood and read verbatim from the textbook while the students chatted amongst themselves, no questions or interactions at all. It was an angry dour place.

    • J.A.R. Family
      J.A.R. Family Před 6 měsíci

      The schools around here (Morgan County) aren't fantastic. But we do have outstanding teachers. They're so caring an sweet. He turned out great

  • llearch n'n'daCorna
    llearch n'n'daCorna Před 6 měsíci +264

    What I find super interesting is that I HATED my childhood, and escaped from it (into books, or computers, or daydreaming) every moment I could; I still try not to remember my teachers, the other kids who picked on me, or anything at all about school. And this is wildly different from how Destin and others appear to remember their childhood, which makes me wonder what I'm missing, and if my life might have been very different indeed, if only things had been different. It also makes me wonder if anyone else out there feels the same way I did. Go figure.

    • Arcturus
      Arcturus Před 6 měsíci +11

      same here

    • Rich
      Rich Před 6 měsíci +36

      You're not alone. I was heavily bullied and beat up often (the poor kid easy target). The pure volume of it had to have been noticed by the teachers who did nothing. They DO pick their favorites and least favorites.
      I now know that i would have been in a better place if only just one teacher had taken time to protect me or even take more time to understand why i was the D and F student.
      Instead they played the "not my job" card.
      I hope you havent been held back too much from your real potential just due to a batch of bad teachers.
      Take care.

    • G A
      G A Před 6 měsíci +24

      I came here to say the exact same thing. I’m so glad school is over. Most teachers were non memorable. The rest were just cruel.

    • jonathan2282
      jonathan2282 Před 6 měsíci +26

      I had a similar experience. I was a bright kid, but that flame was extinguished early on and I stopped caring at a young age.

    • Pervasive Doubt
      Pervasive Doubt Před 6 měsíci +12

      I half agree with you and half agree with Destin. Sometimes I was isolated. Sometimes not

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas Před 6 měsíci

    Thank you so much for this video! My mom currently works as a librarian teacher at an elementary school. She is retiring at the end of the school year after working there for 17 years. She's said that it's awesome to work there, but there are rough patches every once in a while.
    A few days ago some of the students that can be challenging to work with were causing some issues. From my understanding these students have some family issues so it's understandable. But the whole situation was upsetting to her.
    After talking to her about it after work at the end of the conversation I said, "Let me send you a video. I think you'll like it." 20 questions on what video I sent.
    Later that evening she messages me saying, "Thanks for sharing that video. That helps after today."
    There are some days when the students can show some real nasty tendencies, and sometimes it can be hard to see the positives. But whenever my parents and I are out in town she always seems to be greeted by an old student of hers, and they always seem to have fond memories of her.
    So truly, thank you for sharing this. These things are noticed by people and they are very much appreciated.

  • J.D. Ensminger
    J.D. Ensminger Před 6 měsíci

    As a pilot, an engineer, an inventor, a devout Christian, Remembering those who got where I am today.....This tribute brings tears to my eyes. Thank you Dustin for making us all remember.

  • tbaugh1214
    tbaugh1214 Před 6 měsíci +3

    Man, it would be amazing if my students put together a list of things I did that mattered to them. It's probably a thousand little things I do every day that don't really mean much to me when I think back on them, but it does to them. If you're thinking of reaching out to one of your old teachers, you should do it. It means a lot to us. 😁

  • toast_on_toast
    toast_on_toast Před 5 měsíci +1

    Emotional stuff. My gf is a teacher and I'm actually constantly jealous I'm missing out on these kinds of experiences she is having each day, it must be an insanely rewarding profession. Here in the UK they are not paid enough and constantly stressed to breaking point, which is making passionate, talented people turn away from teaching. I hope things turn around soon.

  • Don Purser
    Don Purser Před 6 měsíci +1

    Destin, this was very powerful, very wonderful, very heartfelt, and truly is the kind of thing that makes our lives, and the lives of those who helped us along the way, rich and blessed. God bless you...AND your teachers!! 🙏🙏

  • Flodgey
    Flodgey Před 6 měsíci +9

    My highschool teachers made me cry, in front of everybody. They were bigger bullies than the other kids calling me a fatty during middleschool. You're very lucky Destin, to have had such enabling and supportive teachers. I can't even imagine what my life could have been today if I had been put in to the right schools with the right teachers, because you see, the way your teachers described you in this video, is exactly how I was as a kid, and still am today, and respectively, you were a success in life, and me a complete failure. It's crazy how much teachers have a say in their students lives, for the best, and for the worst, yet most of them don't even realise how much power they have.

  • BoomStick - JC
    BoomStick - JC Před 3 měsíci

    Wow Destin, as you take us through your formative years and the teachers, educators and significant figures in your life, I find myself running through those from my childhood. So many parallels and really took me back

  • Vojtěch Hála
    Vojtěch Hála Před 5 měsíci

    As a teacher I just wanna say: Thank you, Destin! I really appreciate you did this video.

  • FishieDr
    FishieDr Před 5 měsíci

    OMG DESTIN! I am also a Science Olympiad alumnus! I actually have come full circle and now coach for the same team I participated on when I was in middle school, under the SAME head coach! It was one of the most formative programs for me that helped guide me into my career in Veterinary Medicine. So happy to hear you competed in the program too! ❤❤❤

  • That Delta Bravo
    That Delta Bravo Před 6 měsíci

    I doubt many of my teachers remember me, but I certainly remember them. I learned more from the way they taught over what they taught. It's amazing how many little things still come back to my mind when I need it. Thank you to all of the teachers!

  • Michael Dufresne
    Michael Dufresne Před 6 měsíci

    How awesome that you had such teachers in your life. I had a pretty good education, but I can't think of a single teacher who touched me and my life in the way that so many people did you. As a former teacher myself, thank you for doing this for your teachers. No doubt it means a great deal to them. This is such a great idea I am tempted to put a link to your video on my Facebook page, but I am afraid some people will look at it as me trawling for compliments from my former students, a bunch of whom I am FB friends with.

  • william romine
    william romine Před 3 měsíci +1

    I am 81 years old, so I think it is a little late to publically thank them. Also, after all these years, I really don't remember all their names. Glad you were able to thank those adults who helped shape your life.

  • Nathan Middleton
    Nathan Middleton Před 6 měsíci

    I love this, not only for the simple act of showing your appreciation, but also for demonstrating how significant the impact of quality teaching can play on someone's life, and how we can all play a role in shaping a more positive future by looking after and nurturing the next generation, both in and out of the classroom!

  • natfonck
    natfonck Před 6 měsíci

    We don't have year books in Costa Rica, but a couple of weeks ago my highschool had their 70th year anniversary and I went there to assist with photographing the event, and while helping I met many of my teachers, I can related a lot to your experience of seeing them again and to be grateful to those who were key for me to become what I am today. I truly encourage everyone to go and look back as well, to think on why the teacher said or did the things they did to teach us, and to be grateful if possible to as many of them as we can because teachers are such an important group of peole in our society.

  • Matt Hatter
    Matt Hatter Před 6 měsíci

    The teachers who take the time and effort to impact a student's life and experience in school are absolutely wonderful and severely under compensated for their role in schools. Thank you to all the great teachers out there.

  • Corey Adams
    Corey Adams Před 6 měsíci

    Thank you for sharing this, Destin. I am thankful for my teachers. Many teachers have been a blessing and have impacted my life over the years. School teachers, pastors, Sunday school teachers, mom, grandparents, and many others have been great teachers. I am thankful that I can be a teacher to others being a pastor. Thank you again for this great video and for the things you teach us.

  • Grimm
    Grimm Před 6 měsíci +163

    This video is cute but also makes me realize how much of my childhood school life was defined by being bullied and not having support from my teachers.

    • Amadeuss
      Amadeuss Před 6 měsíci +11

      It's called life. Suck it up butter cup.
      Everyone was going thru ups and downs, just look back and think what you learn. 🤘🤘

    • Wayne Hajek
      Wayne Hajek Před 6 měsíci +15

      Try to forgive those that hurt you. It helps to get past those memories. Turn that negative experience into something positive and treat everyone you meet with kindness and understanding. Stand up for those that need support.

    • Sascha Sauerstein
      Sascha Sauerstein Před 6 měsíci +9

      @Amadeuss Great answer and well written. I guess that‘s exactly what he expected them to say when he was little. Oh wait I guess they did. Man education so easy.

    • K
      K Před 6 měsíci +30

      @Amadeuss Stupid response. Being bullied in your formative years is not called life. It's called being tormented and having your confidence stripped from you, meaning you're scared to even show up to school.

  • Ethan Heyne
    Ethan Heyne Před 3 měsíci

    Thanks for the push, Destin. I'm busy with life, but stopping to remember people who've taught me things-- that's different than people I've learned things from-- and the things they taught me... that's valuable. I'm sorry that I can't thank most of them. But I can teach my kids those things!
    Just one that came to mind was my third grade teacher. One day she had us do all the normal things, but with one hand behind our back. She suggested we help each other. The next day, our absent classmate was back-- with one arm in a sling. I can't imagine a more effective way to make us aware of his limitations and willing to help. As a side note, that teacher could touch the tip of her nose with her tongue, which was very impressive to us!

  • Mark Zielke
    Mark Zielke Před 6 měsíci

    Bless You Destin, For the teachers I never took the time to thank and for the students who, after so many years, are just realizing the influence we had on them .

  • peteman7354
    peteman7354 Před 6 měsíci +1

    You are not just another kid from Alabama Destin. You have a great ability to communicate with the less educated ones such as myself in a way I find very down to earth and relatable. They say It's the people who raise us that make us who we are. I see it everyday working in a school. I have come to the realization that our kids spend more hours of the day awake in school than at home. That being said, I can conclude that it's not too farfetched to say that our teachers raised us more than our own blood. Not financially of course, but in some respects.

  • Ztingjammer
    Ztingjammer Před 6 měsíci

    Thank you Destin!! You're one of the channels I love the most!
    I have a long story with school, but the teachers I want to thank most are you Destin with SmarterEveryDay,, Veritasium, Physics Girl, Vsauce, Mark Rober, 3B1B, Numberphile, then one of my English teachers and the ones at Chalmers. There are several other channels I have forgotten to mention now, but I am really thankful for CZcams I must say.
    As a kid I kept asking people why certain things was the way they were, like math questions that I wanted to understand deeply, but people kept surpressing that, and so it took some years until my main interest in science, math, chemistry and physics grew.

  • Google Google
    Google Google Před 6 měsíci +2

    This is beautiful Dustin. You have been lucky as many other Americans. Where I am from, I didn't have this school books as a way to remember and one day refresh my memory and say "thank you!"
    You had a good school experience too.
    You pointed out a very good point about education in school now days and the importance to say "thank you". Something that nowadays many takes for granted and sometimes discount too easily.
    This is something I have always wanted to do but I cannot... And your video just made me cry.
    Thank you to you as well!

  • Always Falling Short
    Always Falling Short Před 6 měsíci +419

    Hey Destin YOU'RE one of our teachers!

    • Érico N.
      Érico N. Před 6 měsíci +4

      You said it all. And a exceptional teacher

    • Varlun Mulland
      Varlun Mulland Před 6 měsíci +3

      @Érico N. Time for another teaching moment. If the following word starts with a vowel sound, then it's "an" not "a". For example, it would be "an hour", even though it starts with an h, the h is silent.

    • Atlas Feynman
      Atlas Feynman Před 6 měsíci +1

      @Varlun Mulland So you're just completely fine with starting a sentence with "And"?

    • RedSquirrelHunter
      RedSquirrelHunter Před 6 měsíci +3


    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin Před 6 měsíci +3

      A teacher is someone who makes you smarter every day.

  • T G
    T G Před 5 měsíci

    I had an excellent Spanish teacher who challenged us in high school. I learned so much from her and wrote an email to thank her when I was in college. It’s a great thing you can do for those who have made a positive impact on your life

  • william wiltsey
    william wiltsey Před 5 měsíci

    We are a culmination of all the teachers in our lives. From parents to siblings to teachers and friends, from managers and even enemies. When we forget our teachers, we forget who we are. Thank you for taking the time to put this into indelible history!

  • Heather Burke
    Heather Burke Před měsícem

    I absolutely love how humble, encouraging, and wise you are Destin. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and know it blesses not only our minds, but our souls.

  • Matt Zeitz
    Matt Zeitz Před 6 měsíci

    Destin, Thanks so much for sharing this. My mom was a teacher and it’s often a thankless job for various reasons, but my takeaway from this is that there are special people out there who engage with children in a certain way to understand what they need and how they learn, challenge them or comfort them when necessary etc. I can think of examples of teachers I had back in the day, but appreciate the shout out to yours

  • Harry Schaefer
    Harry Schaefer Před 5 měsíci

    Destin thanks for this wondeful video. It brought back wonderful memories of mine. I have to find out what "vertically challenged" means. In addition to great teachers, I had a number of mentors who helped me out along the way. As a high school junior, my geometry teacher informed me that I was in danger of failing. I told my father who called his best friend Charlie Davis, an FBI agent and former college math teacher. Mr. Davis came over and sat down with me. After an hour or two of his tutoring. I went back to school and then went on to earn the highest geometry grades in the junior class for the rest of the year. Alas, that tutoring didn't carry over into my senior year with Trig. In trig class one day, not having the foggiest idea what was going on. I excused my self to use the bathroom, but instead marched straight to my guidance counselor and told her "Get me out of here!" (one of the best moves of my life).

  • DTHRocket
    DTHRocket Před 6 měsíci +11

    I was homeschooled. Thanks Mom and Dad. Now I'm working on space rockets, couldn't have done it without them.
    My wife is a special education teacher. She works with kids that scream all day. I hope that she can make a difference in their lives. Sometimes she doubts it and doesn't see the fruit. Maybe some day when they grow up they'll look back and appreciate her effort. I know I'm proud of her.

  • Donald Goodrich
    Donald Goodrich Před 5 měsíci

    This was a beautiful video! I definitely did not have the same experience with my teachers growing up. By the grace of God, I am now getting to have these experiences as I navigate college for the first time. I couldn't be more grateful!

  • Maxi Galera
    Maxi Galera  Před 6 měsíci +1

    This video is so so good, you are such a good person Destin and your teachers did a wonderful job with you and all the kids that went and go through their lives. Teachers, of any kind, are great and i wish everyone in the world appreciate their work, efforts and passion as you did here.

  • Mudzy
    Mudzy Před 6 měsíci +1

    Crazy to see a local influencer created by High Schools that I live near. This only gives me more motivation. Thanks for all the great content!

  • Michael Wacey
    Michael Wacey Před 6 měsíci

    Your recitation of the quotient rule brought back memories for me. My high school did not offer Calculus. When I got to college and started learning it I was so mad that I had been sheltered from calculus. I soaked up everything I could - including the quotient rule. I would spend hours with my calculus teacher during his office hours. Apparently nobody else was interested. We explored some really interesting topics. Thanks for reminding me.

  • Jess Whallon
    Jess Whallon Před 2 měsíci

    Glad you had a positive experience in school. I distinctly remember a social studies teacher who got up in front of the class, proclaiming, "I don't care if ya'll learn, as long as I get my paycheck". I never saw school the same way after that.

  • Project Life
    Project Life Před 6 měsíci

    Just an incredible video. Absolutely unbelievable how your content is so refreshing and touching during a time when most creators are moving the opposite direction. I look forward to your future uploads Destin.

  • Live The Future
    Live The Future Před 6 měsíci +11

    Thank YOU Destin, for being the teacher that so many of us never had.

  • adiaeils
    adiaeils Před 6 měsíci

    I just recently graduated high school. Lemme tell you the last sophomore year was wonderful. I've made many memories that I can't forget. I would like to thank all the teachers especially Math, Hindi and Music Teachers for making a strong base now to help my career in the future.

  • Konstantin Tcepliaev
    Konstantin Tcepliaev Před 6 měsíci +1

    This video sent me down the memory lane trying to remember my school teachers and what they actually taught me, and I'm jealous of you, Destin. I attended school in the Russian provincial town, Voronezh, between 1992 and 2002, and oh boy those were the hard times. I remember my primary school teacher with the great fondness, she taught me how to hold the pen properly among many, many other things, we kept in touch until she passed away about a decade ago. The middle and high school sucked, in part because I got bullied, but the teachers in general were just either not good at their job or had no mental resource to do it properly - 1990s in Russia were like "will I get the next paycheck? will it be enough to feed the family?" - so I can't really blame them too much. There are teachers that stood out, like my math teacher with whom we had arguments about calculus that wasn't even part of the curriculum, or the history teacher who was such an excellent story teller that the entire class - full of working-class gopniks if you know what I mean - listened in awe to him talking about medieval Arabic surgeons training to re-assemble the bones by using crushed pottery in a leather bag (just for the record - I don't know if it's true and I don't care). In short, the primary school was excellent, and the rest was a rather boring absorption of curriculum with a few exceptions.
    That said, thank you for this video. Good teachers need to be appreciated, especially if they're way above average.

  • Bryon
    Bryon Před 6 měsíci +1

    Wow destin you've either got a great memory or you've taken some great lessons from your teachers, or both! Can't say the same for me but I'll try to dig some some memories of my teachers and maybe thank them sometime. Thank you.

  • tocov
    tocov Před 6 měsíci

    That's a beautiful video, Destin.
    You got lucky. I can name maybe 3 teachers in my entire school life that I consider good ones or that had a specific good impact on me. Most of my teachers were burned out, can't be assed, 9-5 people who were coming to work like it was a bolt factory. Turn bolts for 8 hours and clock out. Very very few of them were interested in educating, or give these life lessons. Some of them would literally just lecture the entire duration of class and tell us to write everything down, then get out. Literally all of my teachers ever except for one always discouraged critical thinking, and questioning what was taught as a memory exercise. Many of them were just plain dumb, and I could feel it even when I was a kid.
    Some of them were downright evil and hated every moment they have to deal with kids.
    And I was not a problematic kid. I was following everything up until I think the 10th grade, when I realized they simply do not care, so I shouldn't either. So I just binded my time until it was over.
    When I look at photos from high school or earlier, I remember the fun I had with friends and stuff. But when I see some of those teachers faces I downright cringe at how terrible they were.

  • thewuf
    thewuf Před 6 měsíci

    Destin, you pass on all these traits to your viewers EVERY DAY. Do not be so humble that you don't realize that those people still teach thru you. Thanks man!

  • donny thompson
    donny thompson Před 6 měsíci +57

    You're such a nice and awesome guy Destin. Thanks for making the videos you do.

  • Xavier Kipping
    Xavier Kipping Před 5 měsíci

    Thank you Destin for your videos. I always enjoy your optimism and faith and this video encouraged me to see that there are a lot of educators I ought to thank. Thanks for the goodness you bring to the world!

  • VagabondTexan
    VagabondTexan Před 5 měsíci

    I love this. I still look back at many teachers I had when I was a kid and realize how lucky I was to have them.

  • Jeremie Evangelista
    Jeremie Evangelista Před 6 měsíci

    This video almost brought tears to my eyes. Your appreciation and gratitude came across HUGE! Thanks for sharing this ❤

  • Michael Boyle
    Michael Boyle Před 6 měsíci +1

    Thank you Destin for teaching us and God bless you and your family!

  • PropabilityFPV
    PropabilityFPV Před 6 měsíci

    Awesome, great idea Destin! I want to go thank all my teachers now too. I'm sure all teachers could use more positive feedback like this.

  • Rick Seiden
    Rick Seiden Před 6 měsíci +25

    Years ago I found out from the son of one of my favorite teachers that the teacher was facing his last days. His son reached out to our high school group on Facebook asking for memories of his father. I was able to share some of the reasons that made this teacher so special to me. Later, the son came back to tell us all how much it meant to his father to hear everything we had to say. I was really glad I got to let him know what he meant to me before he passed.

  • Scampi
    Scampi Před 6 měsíci

    And thanks to YOU Destin you've taught us gratitude and candidness is some of the best qualities a human can have.

  • AngryPotato
    AngryPotato Před 6 měsíci

    That's beautiful! I wish all the good teachers could get such an appreciation after years :) Thanks for spreading the kindness.

  • Remembering Minnesota
    Remembering Minnesota Před 6 měsíci

    You went to school to truly become smarter every day. The biggest thing that school taught me was that I love to learn, still to this day, 10 years after I left school, I continue to make the time to learn something new every single day. For me personally, it's not about having the knowledge, it's about learning and the enjoyment that I get from it.

  • The Lone Wonderer
    The Lone Wonderer Před 6 měsíci +1

    2013 Hartselle graduate makes me happy see you do this because there are a lot of wonderful teachers at Hartselle. I do wish I cared more about school and applied myself better but I learned the error in that and try to learn things every day I can and pass that on to my 3 children never stop learning even if it’s something you’re not comfortable with get to a basic point and grow and it will get easier. Thank you Dustin I love the channel and my oldest who’s 5 and I Watch you’re videos all the time hope all of you are having a wonderful day and never stop learning

  • exrezcnm
    exrezcnm Před 6 měsíci +116

    You are very fortunate to have that perspective. My school years were filled with boredom and lack luster performance. Six years after graduation I enrolled in college because I had finally found something I was interested in. And there I excelled!!!

    • Voltaic
      Voltaic Před 6 měsíci +9

      I feel the same as what you are saying here too. I was very smart but I never applied myself to get into AP / Honors classes in school and I regret it. My K through 12 years in school were very boring and lackluster also because for the vast majority of the time I was just sitting in class with people forced to be there and never around people who genuinely wanted to learn anything, including myself. Now that I'm in college where people are actually taking things seriously (including myself) I am doing pretty well with a pretty good GPA.
      Your attitude and mindset really shape your experience, but also just your circumstances, environment, and your fellow peers really also shape it a lot too. I love that Destin has such a good outlook on life, always appreciating every little moment and doesn't seem to complain too much. I wish I could adopt that kind of appreciation mindset!

    • Simon A
      Simon A Před 6 měsíci +5

      Same here. Its a sore spot to hear Destin have so many positive experiences in his youth. What people had enjoyable education?! I hated every second of my education. Until I went to college and studied what I chose - engineering.

    • 727jetjumper
      727jetjumper Před 6 měsíci +4

      This is along the lines of what I experienced as well.
      Not dwelling on it, but just think how different our (anyone's) lives might have been, had it been similar to Destin's experience.

    • orang
      orang Před 6 měsíci +1

      @Voltaic like 80% of students believe themselves to be much more capable, if they "actually tried," than they are

  • dallas massner
    dallas massner Před měsícem

    They saw that you were "Destin-ed" for greatness! Our family have learned some much from you...Our family discussed that of all the youtube personalities that they would like to meet, Destin from Smarter everyday was the popular choice! Thank you for your humility and your passion! God Bless you!

  • Michael Martin
    Michael Martin Před 6 měsíci +1

    It's ironic this video came out as I just received my invitation to my High School reunion - 50 YEARS! Unfortunately, most of the teachers I had have long passed, but there are a few that have said they would be attending the reunion. Our Dean of Boys is going to be there (he was fresh out of college when I was in HS), and he taught me honesty as well as "you do the crime, you do the time" for detention!

  • Nathan Foster- Monkey Run Bullies

    You are an amazing teacher yourself and I would like to thank your teachers as well!! They helped create YOU. An AMAZING human being!!!!! Keep up the good work Destin. And thank you!!

  • Stefan Oberholzer
    Stefan Oberholzer Před 3 měsíci

    Thanks for taking the time to do this video. So much of what you said resonates with my own formative year experiences! Thank you also for all the great content you create, and the way you communicate the narrative, and always with a smile too!!

  • CKADRyan
    CKADRyan Před 6 měsíci

    I always enjoy stopping by my former teachers whenever I came home from travelling the world. I try to visit as many as I could just to talk to them, and thank them for the lessons I've learned over the years. It's always great to see their faces light up and seeing them as an adult, compared to the last moments I could remember of them. I encourage visiting, and giving that bit of feedback if possible. It's one thing to go through years of doing the best you can everyday, never knowing how well the fruit of your labor can turn out.

  • Nautilus Guitars
    Nautilus Guitars Před 6 měsíci +57

    This is so heartwarming, and it reminds me of why I'm so dedicated to my stepkids lives, even though their mother and I are no longer together.
    I didn't have many teachers of this caliber. Most of them were disinterested, and some were even malicious. This certainly contributed to some serious behavioral issues in my teenage years that set my life down a bad path. Thankfully I recovered from it, but I swore to myself I'd do everything in my power to give all children I met the attention and enthusiasm they deserve.
    One teacher in particular who made a real difference was my 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Stoner. She was all the way at the top of the school and we rarely saw her before 5th grade. All the other teachers talked about her like she was some final boss. A veritable tyrant of education. Just the mention of her struck fear in us. In 4th grade, I was sent to her class for a one-on-one due to some issues I was having, and I was terrified. She was very stern, but something about her was inviting too. When I started 5th grade, there was a level of respect and a healthy dose of fear. But she never did anything cruel or disproportionate. She took time out of her day and dedicated herself to helping me with several things I needed help with, even making strange compromises (like letting me use weird fonts) to help me be more motivated. She made a huge difference.
    Unfortunately, right as we started 6th grade, Mrs. Stoner passed away and my entire class was devastated. We never got the chance to tell her how much we appreciated her. RIP Mrs. Stoner. You were the one teacher who really made a difference.

    • PinkySuavo
      PinkySuavo Před 6 měsíci

      What do you mean you are dedicated to your stepkids lives? And why are you if they are your ex's kids?

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin Před 6 měsíci +4

      The "letting me use weird fonts" bit is what stands out to me. I never was one for those strange rules that teachers would set in place, and I wish I would have had someone who said, these rules are here for a reason, but it's still okay to move away from them a bit.

    • Nautilus Guitars
      Nautilus Guitars Před 6 měsíci +5

      @PinkySuavo What else could my statement possibly mean? What a bizarre question.
      I love them deeply and have been their only positive male role model for the majority of their lives. I spent a decade raising them after their biological father abandoned them once he was done being a severely abusive prick. My disagreements with their mother would never motivate me to abandon them. We're very close, and it would be devastating to them if I just disappeared, especially after the abuse and abandonment they've had forced upon them. My dedication to them is a significant reason why they have turned out happy and healthy despite having the kind of awful start that turns most kids into criminals.
      That's why.
      I've lived enough of my life for myself. They are my life now, and will continue to be, regardless of how many random people on the internet can't comprehend that.

    • Nautilus Guitars
      Nautilus Guitars Před 6 měsíci

      @Vigilant Cosmic Penguin Yes, such a small thing, yet it made all the difference. Having that autonomy in those situations made it feel more personal. It helped me connect to it. It motivated me. It was a lesson that I took into adulthood and have applied to those I wish to help in similar situations. Those tiny moments can make a huge difference.

  • Mike's Garage
    Mike's Garage Před 5 měsíci +2

    Dear Destin,
    I hope this message finds you well. I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude for the incredible work you do on your CZcams channel. Your videos are not only informative and educational, but also engaging and entertaining. You have a gift for communicating complex concepts in a way that is both accessible and enjoyable, and I know I speak for many when I say that your work has had a positive impact on our lives.
    I have been a fan of your channel for a long time and have watched many of your videos with my family. We especially appreciate your passion for science and engineering, and your ability to share your enthusiasm with others. Your dedication to sharing your knowledge and wisdom with the world is truly inspiring.
    I wanted to make a suggestion for future content. I recently watched a video from ActionLabs that showcased the phenomenon of two gauge blocks sticking together, even in a vacuum. I was fascinated by this and would love to see your take on it in a future video. I believe that your unique perspective and approach would add a lot of value to this topic, and I'm sure your audience would be interested in learning more about it as well.
    Thank you again for all that you do. Your work is truly appreciated and has had a positive impact on my life and many others.
    Best regards,

    • hipposn'syrup
      hipposn'syrup Před 4 měsíci

      Email him this? Idk if he has a public email. Youtubw comments usually are the least likely place big CZcamsrs would see thjs. Dms even work better

    • Gregory Norris
      Gregory Norris Před 4 hodinami

      @hipposn'syrup In the description he links a Twitter and says to Tweet him ideas (I know it's technically X now, I don't care).

  • Ted Giblette
    Ted Giblette Před 4 měsíci

    Of all the things to be grateful for, being grateful for the people around us is one of the most profound and powerful activities! Thanks, Destin for the awesome invitation! Going down memory lane and thanking some of the people that had a big impact on my life has been a joyful experience!

  • dz1sfb
    dz1sfb Před 6 měsíci

    What a great idea. I have often had the desire to see and thank my teachers. I know I won't be able to reach some who have passed on, but I love the idea. Thanks Destin! Hearts to you!

  • pkiller
    pkiller Před 6 měsíci +2

    In 3 days you would have been teaching the world for 17 years!! Thank you for everything you have done!! :)

  • Jon Kerr
    Jon Kerr Před 5 měsíci

    This is amazing. I too owe A LOT to many of my teachers. And not just teachers. Football and baseball coaches (one of whom was also my Junior year English teacher) influenced my life just as much. Just thinking back really brought up huge amounts of gratitude.