Story by: Ian Carson, Managing Editor
Photo by: Emily Neundorf, staff photographer
When the famous YouTuber boyinaband, Dave Brown, published his music video “Don’t Stay in School,” he had no intention to deter people from actually attending school. He intended to point out the flaws in the current education system.
The song spread like wildfire, with more than two million views, and questioned the very core of education. The topics discussed included ones such as the importance placed on standardized testing and educational standards set by the government. Brown remarked that students never learn what their universal human rights are. He also questioned why he was never taught necessary life skills such as how to pay taxes.
The video wss well-received by most students and even some educators.
“I think that the current education system forces students to take classes that are not in alignment with what they want to be in the future,” said Katelyn Schuck, 11. “If a student has no particular interest in a class that they are required to take, then they will earn a lower grade. This could hurt their academic eligibility in the future.”
The fact is that students are learning to hate school rather than learning what they want to learn—what will help them in the future. The system is in obvious need of reform, starting at the highest level.