I sued the school system

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Prince Ea – I JUST SUED THE SCHOOL SYSTEM (lyrics)

Albert Einstein once said everyone’s a genius
but if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree
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 upstream in class
never finding their gifts
thinking they are stupid
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 intellectually abusive
he’s an ancient institution that 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

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 class we used 150 years ago
Now isn’t that a shame
in literally more 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 let 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
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 them compete to get an A
a letter that determines a product quality
hint 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,
independently
and with the ability to connect

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 given the one size fits all crap

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
ladies and gentlemen the defendant 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
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 outlandish
in fact these test are to crude to be used and should be abandoned.
But don’t take my word for it.
take Fredrick J Keely
the 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 lethal
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 t
hen it is our duty to do the same for education
to upgrade,
change
and do away with school spirit.
Because that’s useless
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 maybe 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

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