What is Education?

School is really important: Reading, writing, arithmetic. But what they tend to do is teach you reading, writing, arithmetic…then teach you reading, writing, arithmetic again. Then again, then again, just making it harder and harder just to keep you busy. And that’s where I think they messed up. There should be a class on drugs. There should be a class on sex education. No, REAL sex education class, not just pictures and illogical terms…There should be a class on scams, there should be a class on religious cults, there should be a class on police brutality, there should be a class on apartheid, there should be a class on racism in America, there should be a class on why people are hungry, but there not, their class is on…gym….Their class is like Algebra. we have yet to go a store and said, “Can I have X Y + 2 and give me my Y change back, thank you.” You know?…Like foreign languages. I think that they are important, but I don’t think it should be required. Actually, they should be teaching you English, and then teach you how to understand double talk, politician’s double talk. Not teaching you how to understand French and Spanish and GERMAN. When am I going to Germany? I can’t afford to pay my rent in America! How am I going to Germany? 

—Tupac, Age 17 On the Topic of Education, 1988.

This quote from Tupac Shakur really touches on the importance of a dynamic education. What do you think a dynamic education looks like? Do you think the way the education system is run teaches people how to survive? Thrive? Or is it simply a way to mask conformism with individualism?

Some thoughts.

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One thought on “What is Education?

  1. What do you think about finances, as a class? How to learn the in’s and out’s of money? How not to accrue debt. Wouldn’t it be cool if health awareness–Proper diets–meditative healing–emotional/mental health understandings–powers of addiction–drug and alcohol and nicotine addiction–could teach people how to deal with the stresses of such a fast paced society. The cost of living is only increasing. Isn’t this post about “the facts of life”? The school system definitely doesn’t teach how to survive in a world of greed and corruption and hate and negative and anger and oppressed cultures. I know this word is touchy, but what about politics being revamped so that we did have every single human being exercising their right to be heard through a vote. Really making the politicians work for us instead of the bottom-line figures for their respective parties. Isn’t depression a leading cause of so many, too many, evil acts?

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