School is really important: Reading, writing, arithmetic. But what they tend to do is teach you reading, writing, arithmetic…then teach you reading, writing, arithmetic again. Then again, then again, just making it harder and harder just to keep you busy. And that’s where I think they messed up. There should be a class on drugs. There should be a class on sex education. No, REAL sex education class, not just pictures and illogical terms…There should be a class on scams, there should be a class on religious cults, there should be a class on police brutality, there should be a class on apartheid, there should be a class on racism in America, there should be a class on why people are hungry, but there not, their class is on…gym….Their class is like Algebra. we have yet to go a store and said, “Can I have X Y + 2 and give me my Y change back, thank you.” You know?…Like foreign languages. I think that they are important, but I don’t think it should be required. Actually, they should be teaching you English, and then teach you how to understand double talk, politician’s double talk. Not teaching you how to understand French and Spanish and GERMAN. When am I going to Germany? I can’t afford to pay my rent in America! How am I going to Germany?
—Tupac, Age 17 On the Topic of Education, 1988.
Very good points.. I feel like they don’t teach us anything about the world we live in. I mean you get that a little bit of that in English, if you’re lucky enough to have an English class that talks about literature and why it’s important and not all the creative writing stuff that doesn’t teach you anything. And you get in History, but not until you’re almost done high school (at least here) and only if you have a good teacher. They should be teaching us current events, politics, and how stuff like mortgages and taxes and student loans and all that stuff works. Because basically they teach us all this theoretical sort of stuff and then launch us out into the real world, not knowing how we’ll actually fit into that world.