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Don’t Stay in School Explained

By Marc Quinn


“[I was] not taught how to budget and disburse my earnings. I was too busy rehearsing cursive,” said David Brown, also known as Boyinaband. His video on YouTube blew up recently. “Don’t Stay in School” now has 15.7 million views and 602k likes. The video talks about how the subjects students learn in schools have no application to most people’s lives.

Donald Trump didn’t make the Trump Towers with algebra; all he did was use money. Yes, the world needs scientists and engineers, but forcing students to do something they have no interest in for five hours a day is not the way to go. Kids are naturally curious, and beating the creativity out of the ones who aren’t interested in certain things is ruining their time and potential. Because students disengage when they do something that feels like a meaningless task, this system is turning them into mindless robots who only know how to do one hard skill. That skill might be important, but the well-being of the students and the future generation is more important than having a generation of people doing things they don’t want to because the society needs it. There are three ways that schools are making students ignorant: mandatory lessons, few choices, and no practical application lessons.

There are students that can learn in the current system, but students such as those with ADHD will learn so much better when they are active and not just sitting there. Students have other hobbies they may very much like to pursue, but it’s hard because their time is wasted in school. Why not have schools which receive government funding offer opportunities for self-directed learning? Most schools are entirely the opposite, making attendance mandatory every single day. Some kids like math and physics, but we have to acknowledge that other kids who like art or music may want to specifically grow themselves in that one aspect. Forcing them to learn other things is wasting their time—worse than dishes for five hours straight.

Even if you have the choice about what you want to learn, it’s no use if you have only a few choices. Having lots of choices and the ability to choose is very important if you want to use students’ time well. You don’t need to keep students at school longer because if they have choices, the lessons can be more specialized and focused, helping students learn that topic faster. Schools do need more staff, but with government funding, schools could very much develop a focus on broadening opportunities for students.

Having lessons dedicated to teaching students how to get a job and how to pay taxes will have an impact in those students’ lives, no matter what they aspire to do, or who they aspire to be. Students waste too much time learning things that they may never use instead of “useful” things. There are many ways to help the students learn what they need to learn for the “real” world. Flipped classroom is a great solution, where the teacher assigns the learning for homework as videos or reading. Then, the teacher becomes more of a coach or a guide during the actual lessons.

According to the CDC, approximately 11 percent of children 4-17 years of age (6.4 million) have ever been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2011. Schools failing these students is not a good thing. Students go there to learn and get the skills that they will need to survive in this age. The schools shouldn’t get to choose what the students need; the students should get the choice themselves. Do you think that all students, no matter if they like it or not, should do something just because the society needs it? Do you think David Brown is leading the way for a generation of happy people doing what they want to do well?