Prince Ea - I JUST SUED THE SCHOOL SYSTEM !!! lyrics
Prince EA: "Albert Einstein once said everyone's a genius, but, if you judge a fish on its ability to climb tree's, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid,
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, today on trial we have modern day schooling
Glad you could come, not only does he make fish climb trees he also makes them climb down and make them do a 10 mile run,
Tell me school are you proud of the things you've done turning millions of people into robots. Do you find that fun, do you realize how many children relate to that fish swimming up stream in class believing they are useless,
Well the time has come no more excuses I call school the to the stand and accuse him of killing creativity, individuality and being inequality abusive, he's ancient institution has outlived his usage
So your honor this concludes my open statement and if I may present the opening of my case I will prove it."
Prince EA:"Exhibit A here's a modern day phone recognize it?
Now here's a phone from 150 years ago,
Big difference right?
Stay with me, all right.
Here's a car today and here's a car from 150 years ago,
Big difference right?
Well get this here's a classroom of today and here's a classroom we used 150 years ago.
Now isn't that a shame, in literary a century, nothing has changed and yet you claim to prepare students for the future?
But with evidence like that I must ask do you prepare students for the future or the past?
I did a background check on you and the record show that you were made to train people to work in factories, which explains why you put students in straight rows nice and neat, tell them to raise your hand if you want to speak give them a short break to eat and for eight hours a day tell them what to think,
Oh, and make the compete to get an A, a letter that determines product quality, hence, grade A of meat
I get it, back then times where different, we all have a past I myself am no Ghandi. But today we don't need to make robot zombies, the world had progressed and now we need people who think creativity, innovatively, critically, interdependently with the ability to connect.
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You see every scientist will tell you no two brains are the same. And every parents with two or more children will confirm that claim, so please explain why you treat students like cookie cutter frames or snap back caps and give them that one size fits all crap."
Judge: "Watch your language!"
Prince EA: "Sorry your honor,
But if a doctor prescribes the exact same medicine to all of his patients the results would be tragic, so many people would get sick.
Yet when it comes to school this is exactly what happens. This educational malpractice. Where one teacher stands in front of 20 children each one having different strengths, different needs, different gifts, different dreams, and you teach the same thing, the same way. That's horrific, lady's and gentlemen, the defendant the gentlemen should not be acquitted,
This may be one of the worst criminal offenses ever to be committed. And let's mention the way you treat your employees."
Education System: "Objection!"
Judge: "Overruled, I want to hear this."
Prince EA: "It's a shame I mean teachers have the most important job on the planet yet they are underpaid? No wonder why so many students are shortchanged. Let's be honest, teachers should earn just as much as doctors because a doctor can do heart surgery and save the life of a child. But a great teacher can reach the heart of that child and allow him to truly live!
You see teachers are heroes that often get blamed. But they aren't the problem, they work in a system with not many options or rights, curriculum's are created by policy makers where most of them haven't taught a day in their life. Just obsessed with standardized tests they think bubbling in a multiple choice question will determine success?
That's how outlandish, in fact, these test are to cruel to be used and should be abandoned. But don't take my word for it. Fredrick J Keely and man who invented standardized testing who said and I quote 'These tests are too crude to be used and should be abandoned' Ladies and gentlemen of the jury if we continue down this road the results will be fatal.
I don't have much faith in in school but I do have faith in people. and if we can customize health care, cars and Facebook pages, then it is our duty to do the same for education to upgrade, change, and do way with school spirit. Because that's uses unless we are working to bring the spirit out of each and every student that should be our task. No more common core, instead let's reach the core of every heart in every class,
Sure, math is important, but, no more than art or dance, let's give every gift an equal chance, I know this sounds like a dream but countries, like Finland, are doing impressive things they have shorter days, teachers make a decent wage, homework is non-existent they focus on collaboration instead of competition. But here's the kicker boys and girls their educational system outperforms every other country, in the world. Other places like Singapore are succeeding rapidly, schools like Montessori, programs like Khan Academy there is no single solution,
But let's get moving because while students may be 20% of our population,
They are 100% of our future, so let's attend to their dreams and there's no telling what we can achieve this is a world in which I believe, a world where fish are no longer forced to climb trees.
I rest my case."