Jaden Smith declares via Twitter, “If Everybody In The World Dropped Out Of School We Would Have A Much More Intelligent Society” – He may be on to something.

Jaden Smith declares via Twitter, “If Everybody In The World Dropped Out Of School We Would Have A Much More Intelligent Society” – He may be on to something.

Jaden Smith

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Over the weekend, 15 year old Jaden Smith, son of the almighty, Will Smith, decided to go on a rant via Twitter about the education system. Naturally, the media had a got damn field day bashing this young man about his views, while also lightweight encouraging the masses to do the same; yahoo comments is tearing that man apart as I type. Though fam was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and a gold Bugatti strapped to his ass, he had some pretty valid points. Here’s the transcript:

“People Use To Ask Me What Do You Wanna Be When You Get Older And I Would Say What A Stupid Question The Real Question Is What Am I Right Now.”

 “All The Rules In This World Were Made By Someone No Smarter Than You. So Make Your Own”

“School Is The Tool To Brainwash The Youth.”

“Education Is Rebellion. If Newborn Babies Could Speak They Would Be The Most Intelligent Beings On Planet Earth.”

“If Everybody In The World Dropped Out Of School We Would Have A Much More Intelligent Society . . . Everybody Get Off Your Phones And Go Do What You Actually Wanna Do.”

Being an educator myself, who works predominately with at-risk youth, I damn near agree with Jaden wholeheartedly. I’m a champion of education reform and, quite frankly, the entire system needs to be scrapped. And a mass walk out isn’t far from the extent we’d have to go to make this change possible. Let’s be honest, we’ve gotten everything all wrong, and they’ve been wrong for decades.

If you look at our current statistics, America has the highest graduation rate we’ve had in over 40 years. But, as always, these statistics are misleading:

  1. It’s not hard to graduate from high school. You barely have to know how to read to do so. Especially these days because the overall quality of education is laughable in many places  *cough – cough* like the hood *cough*
  2. What are really preparing our youth for these days? The economy’s bottomed out.  The jobs just aren’t there. College graduates can’t find jobs, so fuck is a high school diploma supposed to do?

Absolutely fucking nothing.

“School Is The Tool To Brainwash The Youth.”

It is. Let’s not act like it’s not. I hear teachers everyday shoving the same script down our youth’s throats, “If you graduate and go to college, you’ll get a good job, and make good money, and be able to provide for your family, and live longer, and blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.”  Sure, a lot of this is true. But who’s it inspiring? Who’s having a fire sparked within them? No one. They’ll simply graduate and become another cog in the machine like everyone else, spending a large amount of their time trying to figure out what’s missing.  

“Education Is Rebellion”

Education is understanding. Understanding is rebellion. If you understand, it’s hard to just sit back and watch shit happen. We have a nation of watchers. A nation that, ironically, all went through the same education system. An education system that holds everyone to the same standard, teaches everyone the same way, as if we’re all the same. Millions of mufuckers and we all learn the same way. Hmm. Interesting.

We’re all the same?

But not only do we teach everyone the same way, we don’t even teach them why they’re learning what they’re learning. Where and why it’s applicable. Or what they could possibly do with it.  It’s downright idiotic. My man, Q Guru, graduated from college with a degree in Computer Science and Math. Ya boy didn’t know what he could do with his math degree until his junior year. That’s 21 years old, folks. Why does that make sense?

We need to encourage our youth to take an active role in their education.  I.e. they need to learn what THEY want to learn as opposed to us telling them what to learn. We’ve gone directly against what we are intrinsically as human beings: creators.  There’s no creating happening school. There’s a whole lot of sitting. There’s whole lot of boredom. There’s whole lot of uninspired teachers. There’s a whole lot of daydreaming. But not much creating. Not much learning. We used to be a nation of craftsmen – of farmers – of artisans. You know what we are now? Predominately? Go ahead, guess. I’ll wait . . .

Yup.

Fucking cashiers.

I don’t know about you guys, but that doesn’t sound like a job for a human being – filled with ideas, dreams, passions, and interests – nah, that doesn’t sound like a job for us. It sounds like a job for a machine. Look around. What do you see? Human beings or machines? These days . . . I see a whole lot of machines. And it breaks my heart. Because they don’t even know that’s what they are. They don’t even know what they’re capable of.  Because no one told them. They were told to graduate and to get a job.

Are you free?

It’s time for change. Our world is changing. Society is changing. And our people should reflect this change – rather, how we teach our people should reflect this change:

“If Everybody In The World Dropped Out Of School We Would Have A Much More Intelligent Society . . . Everybody Get Off Your Phones And Go Do What You Actually Wanna Do.”

Go do what you want to do. Go learn what you want to learn. It’s as simple as that. That’s freedom.  And I truly believe it’d enable us to have a more intelligent society in the long run. People would be able throw themselves at what they’re interested in as opposed to being spoon fed a bunch of shit they’re not. I.e. The road to mastery would start a lot sooner. Granted, a child has absolutely no idea what they’d be interested in, but that’s the job of the “educator” — to expose youth to things. Whether they accept it is on them.

We need to get back to the basics. Back to learning skills that actually mean something. There’s no reason a grown man or woman should ever let, “I don’t have any hobbies, skills, etc” come out of their mouth. And I hear it all the time. That means the system failed them.

And it’s not okay.

There’s so much more to be said, but I could literally write a book on the subject, so I’ll stop here. I apologize for being all over the place.

Anywho

Two times for my man, Jaden, for speaking out. I feel you, bro. Unfortunately, no one listens to our youth.

Stay Woke,

micrns

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