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  • - (Prince Ea) Albert Einstein once said everybody's a genius.

  • - I saw this.

  • - (Prince Ea) But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,

  • it will live its whole live believing that it is stupid.

  • - That quote is written in my math class.

  • - (Price Ea) Ladies and gentlemen of the jury,

  • today on trial we have modern day schooling.

  • Tell me, school, are you proud of the things you've done?

  • - Oh, I think I've seen of this guy's videos before.

  • - (Prince Ea) Turning millions of people into robots,

  • do you find that fun?

  • I call school to the stand and accuse him of killing creativity,

  • individuality, and being intellectually abusive.

  • - It's such a great message.

  • - That's the truth.

  • - (Prince) Here's a modern day phone.

  • Recognize it?

  • Here's a phone from 150 years ago. Big difference, right?

  • Stay with me. Here's a car from today,

  • and here's a car from 100-- - But we still use the same books, right?

  • - (Prince Ea) Well, get this, here's a classroom of today,

  • and here's a class we used 150 years ago.

  • - Damn.

  • - (Prince Ea) Now ain't that a shame?

  • In literally more than a century, nothing has changed.

  • - Yeah, nothing has changed.

  • - Nobody ever brings that to light, you know,

  • just how school hasn't changed.

  • - (Prince Ea) Do you prepare students for the future or the past?

  • - Everyone can't just be put in these classrooms

  • and expect them all to have the same results.

  • - (Price Ea) You were made to train people to work in factories,

  • which explains why you put students in straight rows, nice and neat,

  • tell 'em sit still, raise your hand if you're gonna speak,

  • give 'em a short break to eat... - It's like robots.

  • - (Prince Ea) For eight hours a day, you tell them what to think.

  • - Oh! That's-- I've never thought of it like that.

  • That's terrifying.

  • - (Prince Ea) See, every scientist will tell you that

  • no two brains are the same, and every parent

  • with two or more children will confirm that claim.

  • - Yes, that's my family.

  • - (Prince Ea) Teachers should earn just as much as doctors

  • because a doctor can do heart surgery and save the life of a kid,

  • but a great teacher can reach the heart of that kid--

  • - True, true.

  • - Teachers do so much for this society,

  • yet they are the lowest-paying job.

  • - (Prince Ea) And if we can customize health care,

  • cars, and Facebook pages, then it is our duty

  • to do the same for education, to upgrade and change it--

  • - He is, like, representing students.

  • - (Prince Ea) No more common core. - I hated common core.

  • - Yes, no more common core!

  • - (Prince Ea) Sure, math is important, but no more than art or dance.

  • - Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Art schools are good.

  • - (Prince Ea) But countries like Finland are doing impressive things--

  • - Right.

  • - (Prince Ea) They have shorter school days,

  • teachers make a decent wage, homework is non-existent,

  • and they focus on collaboration instead of competition.

  • - That is true. I completely support this.

  • - (Prince Ea) Their educational system

  • outperforms every other country in the world.

  • While students may be 20% of our population,

  • they are 100% of our future. - That's true.

  • - He's right on a lot of this.

  • - (Prince Ea) 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.

  • - That was beautiful. That's very important.

  • Education is a right, not a privilege.

  • - There are a lot of people who are really smart,

  • but their grades just don't tell the same story.

  • There's just so much anxiety surrounding school now.

  • It's more intense than ever.

  • - I'm gonna go back to my high school, and every single one of my teachers,

  • I'm gonna put this on their front desk and I'm gonna be like, watch this.

  • I'm gonna tell my little brother to come to school on Monday,

  • and see if it's any different.

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  • - (FBE) So this video was made by the spoken word artist Prince Ea,

  • who makes content around issues to take a harder look at in society.

  • So what do you think was the message he was trying to get across

  • with this video?

  • - I think he was trying to encourage students

  • that kind of feel like failures at school.

  • - Stop putting our children in machines.

  • Stop taking the creativity out of school.

  • - Everyone's different in that we really need to push schools faster

  • because we're really stuck in a really stupid place.

  • - Although education is important, there are also other factors

  • like arts and stuff that help mold students,

  • as far as creativity goes.

  • - You expect to learn, you know, valuable information

  • that's gonna help prepare you for the real world,

  • but you don't learn any of, you know, how to pay taxes,

  • you know, finding a job.

  • - The education systems, in most of America,

  • are not working and are not geared for the children of today.

  • The same way they were taught 50, 60 years ago

  • is still how it is today.

  • - Traditional schooling is, like, you go to school, you study,

  • you get an A, and that's it.

  • People are being shaped to be, um, not how the future is moving.

  • - He was criticising school when he was pointing the finger--

  • not at teachers, not at schools individually,

  • but at the system as a whole.

  • - (FBE) So, being a teen yourself, and someone who is

  • currently enrolled in our schooling system,

  • what do you think about your current education,

  • and if it is preparing you for your life as an adult?

  • - I do not think it prepares us for our life as an adult.

  • As soon as common core hit, it was like health was gone,

  • sex ed was gone, which we really need now.

  • - They are teaching us a lot of important things, obviously,

  • but I don't know how to pay bills and stuff,

  • and I need to know that.

  • - All my classes, like, I'm not getting anything out of them,

  • just to be honest.

  • I'm sort of doing the work so I can get that piece of paper

  • that says I graduated.

  • - My school's projected based, so we learn about a topic

  • and then we make a project off of it, and that's how we learn.

  • It prepares us for life, my school,

  • but it doesn't prepare us for college,

  • and so a lot of kids struggle going from our high school to a college.

  • - Where do you learn how to be on your own, you know?

  • It's just like, do you expect us to learn on our own

  • because there's a lot of stuff that we can't learn by ourselves,

  • you know, and it's just like when you go to school,

  • you can't find that in school either

  • because school just teaches you what X equals.

  • - (FBE) Well, there been recent thoughts around this area

  • by a new customized learning initiative called ESA,

  • or Education Savings Account.

  • Is this something that you've heard of before?

  • - No.

  • - No.

  • - I haven't heard of Education Savings Acccount.

  • - (FBE) So there's a program that is available in some states,

  • and if you can get access to it, it provides funding not just for college,

  • but even earlier for things like private schools

  • or individualized courses, or programs for a child's education,

  • almost like customizing parts of education.

  • If something like this worked and was able to roll out in a larger way,

  • what do you think the impact might be?

  • - I think it'll help students more because I know a lot of people,

  • they will be struggling in classes because they don't learn

  • the same way the teacher teaches, but don't have the money

  • to actually get tutors.

  • - People might be happier.

  • Courses will kind of be fit to them and their specific interests.

  • - People who train in the craft they want to train in

  • will be even more adequate.

  • That's what I think.

  • I think they would spend most of their time on that,

  • and not have to worry about other things they'd have to get good grades in.

  • - It would make it much more personalized, in a much better way

  • because the important thing is to talk to your child.

  • They're not just this blank slate that you can push

  • into exactly what happened to you.

  • They have their own thoughts and opinions and feelings.

  • - That still doesn't fix it.

  • Money is really-- it is an issue, but it's not the big issue.

  • The big issue is just these principals and these people

  • that make all the legislation are so anti-technology.

  • Why can't you use your smartphone in school?

  • As a college student, I honestly cannot live without my smartphone.

  • I have all my lectures on it. I have all my slides on it.

  • I take pictures of everything I need.

  • It's better for both me, and my teacher.

  • - (FBE) So if a parent does set up an ESA,

  • kids have input on what type of classes

  • or programs they want to take part in,

  • but, ultimately, how it's spent is the parent or guardian's decision.

  • As a student yourself, do you think that's fair?

  • - See, that's difficult because I want to say

  • that it should be totally up the students,

  • but, in a sense, that wouldn't work.

  • When you're young, you know, you don't know exactly what you're doing.

  • - I think it should be almost half and half.

  • There's always times when your parent actually knows more than you think.

  • - Obviously, I'm gonna say I want to be in charge of it

  • because I know what's best for me, blah, blah, blah,

  • but then it's like, oh teenagers think they know what's best for them,

  • but they really don't.

  • So I think that there should be a distribution,

  • like half parents, half kids.

  • - I can definitely see how, in some situations,

  • you know, oh, everyone in this family has been a doctor.

  • That's what you're gonna do.

  • The majority of parents who, you know, really love their kids,

  • they let, you know, the kid have their input

  • because, you know, it's your life.

  • - It should be completely up to the student, actually,

  • because it's your education, it's what you want to do,

  • it's what you want to do in life, possibly,

  • so it should be your journey, not a path shaped for you.

  • - There's something to be said for having to persevere

  • through a subject that you really hate.

  • For someone who's not good at math, it's important to still

  • attempt to do math.

  • It might not be easy for everyone, and everyone might not like it,

  • but I think that is kind of preparing for the real world.

  • - (FBE) So, finally, we asked this to the adults

  • when we covered another of Prince Ea's videos,

  • so we'll as you as well: what do you think is the impact

  • of videos and art created by people like him

  • that get shared on social media in this way is for these important issues,

  • compared to when you hear it from, let's say,

  • like a politician.

  • - Sadly, temporary.

  • We're only going to talk about this for two weeks,

  • and then we're all just going to brush it aside.

  • - Politicians and that sort of whole group,

  • they just seem like a puppet to most of the country.

  • Seeing these people, like Prince Ea or whatever,

  • he just seems like, you know, he seems like a person.

  • He's there and the way he talks, like, it really gets to you.

  • - It's coming from someone that's just like you.

  • Like, if someone has a camera, they have a voice in this media,

  • and they can say whatever they want and have their own opinion,

  • and this person doesn't have an agenda to push

  • to help him run for an office.

  • He's just trying to get a message across,

  • and it's very, very pure and innocent.

  • - Thanks for watching this episode of Teens React.

  • - Let us know what issue you'd like us to react to

  • and discuss in a future episode.

  • - Bye, guys.

  • - Bye, everyone.

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