Based on the popular video: “Why I hate religion but love Jesus”, English rapper-poet Suli Breaks enters the education debate with his own video in which he talks about what mainstream schooling has become and why he thinks amidst standardized exams and rote memorization of texts it no longer provides and ‘education’. He references famous people, such as Steve Jobs and Oprah Winfrey who never graduated from a higher institution.
There is bitterness in his words but accuracy in his plea to young people. He says “understand your motives and reassess your aims”.
Some of Suli’s claims ring true. His mention of memorizing facts to be regurgitated for a test and then forgotten reminded me of the video “Love Letter to Albuquerque Public Schools”
HIs opposition to mainstream schooling rang similar to the pleas of many education scholars in the video “Forbidden Education”
Yet, what are education policy makers to do? Do they even know or understand the implication of their policies?
I think ‘education’ has to do with what you are passionate about. Going to school just to make your parents proud, or to fill the requirements of your life’s checklist will have a different result than going to school because you are passionate about something. And when passion is what drives you, you will get that education whether you attend school or not. That’s what is different about the famous people Suli mentions. They were passionate about something.
What are your thoughts?