Suli Breaks: Why I Hate School But Love Education?

12/10/2013,19 Comments

Suli Breaks inspired me to ponder even further what I've already been pondering. Photo from rapanuiclothing.

I can't help myself from blogging this video by Suli Breaks. The message is so good, as well as the delivery, that I repeated it over and over again. It's like listening to a song. So well executed and so moving. I am deeply moved.

He talks about education in his video. I can't write about it better myself. If you want to read the transcribed version of his rap, it's after the video. Credits to the transcription go to silencedogood of rapgenius.

So you want to get a degree. Why?
Let me tell you what society will tell you:

“It increases your chances of getting a job.
Provides you with an opportunity of being successful.
Your life will be a lot less stressful, education, is the key.”

Now let me tell you what your parents will tell you:

“Make me proud.
It increases your chances of getting a job.
Provides you with an opportunity of being successful.
Your life will be a lot less stressful, education, is the key.”

Now let’s look at the statistics:

Steve Jobs, net worth: seven billion, (R.I.P.).
Richard Branson, net worth: four-point-two billion.
Oprah Winfrey, net worth: two-point-seven billion,
Mark Zuckerberg, Henry Ford, Steven Spielberg, Bill Gates,

Now here comes the coup-de-grace:
Looking at these individuals, what’s your conclusion?
Neither of them, in being successful,
ever graduated from a higher learning Institution.

Now some of you will protest, like,
You know money's only the medium by which one measures worldly success.

Some of you will even have the nerve to say:
“I don’t do it for the money”.

So what are you studying for?
To work for a charity?

Need more clarity?
Let’s look at the statistics:

Mohammed (peace be upon him),
Malcolm X,
Mother Theresa,
Jesse Owens,
Mohammed Ali,
Shawn Carter,
Michael Jeffrey Jordan,
Michael Joseph Jackson,

Were either of these people unsuccessful,
or, uneducated?

All I’m saying is that, if there were a family tree,
hard work and education would be related,

but school, would probably be a distant cousin.

Cause If education is the key, school is the lock.

Because it rarely ever develops your mind to the point where it can perceive red as green,
and continue to go when someone else said stop.

Because as long as you follow the rules and pass exams, you’re cool.
But are you aware that examiners have a checklist?
And if your answer is something is outside of the box the automatic response is a cross.

And then they claim that school expands your horizons and your visions.

Well, tell that to Malcolm X who dropped out of school and is world renowned for what he learned in a prison.

Proverbs 17:16
"It does a fool no good to spend money on an education.
Why? Because he has no common sense.”
-George Bush.

Need I say more?

Education is about inspiring one’s mind, not just filling their head.

And take this from me, because I’m an educated man myself
who only came to this realization after countless nights in the library
with a can of red bull keeping me awake till dawn
and another can in the morn,
falling asleep in between piles of books which probably equated to the same amount I had spent on my rent.

Memorize equations, facts, and dates right down to the letter,
half of which I’d never remember,
and half of which I’d forget straight after the exam
and before the start of the next semester,
asking anyone if they had notes for the last lecture.
I often found myself running to class,
just so I could find a spot on which I could rest my head and fall asleep without making a scene.

Ironic, because that’s the only time I ever spent in university chasing my dreams.

And then after nights with a dead mind I then find myself in a queue of half-awake student zombies waiting to hand in an assignment, maybe that’s why they called it a deadline.

And then after, three years of mental suppression and frustration,
my proud mother, didn’t even turn up to my graduation.

Now, I’m not saying that school is evil and there’s nothing to gain,
But all I’m saying is understand your motives and reassess your aims
Because if you want a job working for someone else then help yourself.

But then that would be a contradiction
because you wouldn’t really be helping yourself you’d be helping somebody else.

There’s a saying which says:
“If you don’t build your dreams someone else will hire you to help build theirs”.

Redefine how you view education,
Understand its true meaning.

Education is not just about regurgitating facts from a book on someone else’s opinion on a subject to pass an exam.

Look at it:

Picasso was educated in creating art.
Shakespeare was educated in the art of all that was written.
Colonel Harlan Sanders was educated in the art of creating Kentucky Fried Chicken.

I once saw David Beckham take a free kick.
I watched as the side of his Adidas sponsored boot hit the patent leather of the ball at an angle which caused it to travel towards the skies as though it was destined for the heavens.

And as it reached its peak of momentum
as though it changed its mind, it switched directions.

I watched, as the goalkeeper froze,
as though reciting to himself the laws of physics
and as though his brain was negotiating with his eyes that it was indeed witnessing the spectacle of the leather swan that was swooping towards it,
and then reacting,
but only a fraction of a millisecond too late.

And before the net of the goal embraced the Fifa sponsored ball as though it was the prodigal son returning home,
and the country that I live in erupted into cheers,
I looked at the play and thought, damn.

Looking at David Beckham, there’s more than one way in this world to be an educated man.


Photo from wattpad.

That ends the transcription of the rap. It's just brilliant. Take it to heart. I don't have anything else to add as of the moment since I feel too tired to rant anyway and too frustrated about the educational system that I found myself in to even say a word or two.

The rap says it all anyway.

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  1. That is the best post I have recently read. So true. Education has nothing to do with your enterprise spirit or your ingenious ideas. Who has the talent, he will develop it!

    1. Thanks for sharing your comment Vanessa! It really appears that there are lots of ways to be an educated man, like what Suli Breaks said in his rap. :)

  2. I was then a student and I have spent five years on b.s. engineering course, and I have been a university instructor for fours years. While education is good but, more and more years of going to school and still more and more were not getting into work (secular job) - in fact, jobless even after having been graduated on higher education.

    In my opinion, practicality is better idea. We need education but not that much important. To enhance one's ability and skills is pretty much better to survive nowadays.

    Thanks, your post is useful in our present time.

    1. Thanks Ardz! I think you're right. It's not all about grades, though they play a part in the real world (you know, like a college diploma is equivalent to a good public status). It's more about, like what you said, one's ability and skills and how the person plans to USE it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about this post. It means a lot! :)

  3. this is really inspiring! I have watched the video and had to re watch it.

    1. Thanks for dropping by Shiny! I've been watching and rewatching it for dozens of times already!

  4. I can't say I agree wholeheartedly with the lyrics. I think it depends on the person's destiny and interest. It might be the school where he will learn stuff or maybe somewhere else or where their inspiration is. I also think having a mentor is important to achieve what you want. I assure you that those person mentioned above did not achieve everything by themselves. They have at least one person who inspired and guided them to what they are now.

    Sometimes, I have this idea that my college years was useless and unimportant. I thought that maybe if I had skipped it, it would have save us a lot of money. I'm a web developer and I learn all web development stuff by myself through internet and tutorials. However, I remember one of my college teacher who was my inspiration in programming. She's so good with codes and problem solving. I look up to her and most of my programming skills are possible because of her. She taught me a lot of things that I didn't acknowledged before. She honed my skills and guided me throughout my thesis.

    Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that for me Education is not a place but a person who will be there to inspire, motivate and guide you. School is supposed to be the best place to get one but if you're not lucky maybe it's your first boss, or some stranger you'll meet in a coffee shop. Just be patient and keep on looking.

    1. You have a point there Irish. However, no matter how many people are there to inspire you, everything else is up to you. And just like what the video concluded, "There's more than one way to be an educated man." Education doesn't always come from school alone. You can master one skill without even having to enroll in a learning institution. There are lots of methods to do so. :)

  5. Learning doesn't stop in the four corners of a room. And grades can't even measure the knowledge you learned from school. I just hope we improve the education system in the country, or maybe in the world.

    Based from my experience, I just studied to get high grades because good grades would land you into a good job. But I didn't actually enhance my skills enough to be ready for the employment world. Sometimes I wish I just studied college because it is required.

    1. You are quite right on that Mei. We really have to improve our educational system because it's practically killing our creativity little by little. Thanks for sharing your experience! People go to school basically for compliance only. The beauty and excitement brought by an opportunity to learn new things get clouded. That's one sad reality. :(

  6. The way I see it, there are definite pros and cons to a formal education system, but essentially what's important really is the learning. Besides, learning doesn't stop at school anyway. Every instance can be an opportunity to learn. You just need to keep your eyes, ears, mind and heart open for the lesson that's coming your way.

    1. That's right Patty. There are lots of ways that can help us learn. However, it has been assumed and expected that school should be the best medium to help us learn. It's just that sometimes, it's the opposite. Thanks for sharing your view on this topic! :)

  7. School is only part of the ingredients of success but it's hardwork and how we get educated in life that keeps us there.

    1. That's right Franc. Thanks for dropping by! :)

  8. You can't learn everything just from school. Life teaches you too

  9. Education can guide you through what you want in life because if you're not educated (classroom) you're nothing but an a person running to become educated. Well, in a sense that, you have an edge to those people who do not bother to go to school. You have the knowledge and a weapon to combat life's "ups and downs."

  10. Interesting read! I agree that education doesn't guarantee success in life. It is a stepping stone though. Of course hard work, persistence and determination are also contributing factors. :)

  11. I totally agree, that it isn't only at school you can get education, but a B.S. Civil Engineering myself, going to and finishing school have their perks too

  12. I may not totally agree on everything but the whole point is there. Anyway, learning doesn't end on going to school because learning is an everyday process which we can actually incorporate on our everyday lives. Also, everything still depends on the person's choices whether they'll be successful or not.