Prince Ea, a poet, filmmaker, and speaker, recently posted a video on YouTube in which he put America’s school system on trial. The video was seen over 600,000 times on YouTube and was viewed and shared millions of times on Facebook. The video begins with a famous quote from Albert Einstein: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
Prince Ea discusses the lack of change in schools over the last 150 years in comparison to phones and cars. He says schools were made to train people to work in factories, which made sense at the time, but doesn’t make sense now. He likens teaching all children in exactly the same way to a doctor prescribing the same medicine for every patient, regardless of their condition.
Prince Ea explains that teachers have the most important job in the world, yet are underpaid. According to him, teachers should earn as much as doctors, and are heroes that often get blamed for the problems in education. He says that teachers work in a system without many options or rights, with curriculums and policies often created by people who have no teaching experience.
Finally, Prince Ea points out that even the creator of standardized tests thought they shouldn’t be used. He suggests that we learn from Finland, where schools are more focused on collaboration than competition and still outperform every other country.
At Elevate Teachers, we’re always happy to see people supporting teachers instead of blaming them. We’re glad that people are recognizing the issues our educational system has, and hope to see more people offering possible solutions soon.
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