Don’t Stay In School?

By: Rachel Graziano –

The phrase “Don’t Stay in School” seems like the worst possible advice a high school student could receive. Although British rapper, David Brown (Boyinaband) promotes this statement. For years, the topics that are taught in high school have caused much controversy.

Most students slug their way through the years with questions such as, “How will this subject or lesson impact me once I leave school?” For Brown, he wondered the same things during his time in high school, and he decided to share those thoughts with the world.

On February 2nd, 2015, David Brown uploaded a video of himself rapping about the useless subjects that he, and kids across America, are taught in school each and every day. He continues to complain and share his frustration with his viewers by explaining that all of the lessons and topics he was taught in school, have not helped him since he has been out of school and in the real world. Just two days after the video was posted, it had received over 241,000 views.

Not even a year later, the rap is still raising questions. Brown sings, “I was never taught how to get a job, but I can remember dissecting a frog.”

The point of the video Brown says was not to tell kids to drop out. In fact, he insists that he wants students to stay in school, but he would like certain subjects to be dropped. Brown, among several millions of students and parents around the world have shared that practical knowledge such as how to start a family, balance a checkbook, how to participate in the political system, and how to recognize mental illness should be taught rather than “useless” knowledge like functions, or analyzing Romeo and Juliet, or the history of presidents and their wives.

When the popular video, “Don’t Stay in School”  reached the attention of students at Seton- La Salle, we asked students how they felt about the message the rap was distributing. To our surprise, most of the young adults disagreed with the message Brown was trying to send.

Brendan Duffy, a senior on student council said, “I think the topics we learn in school are important. Not because of the content, but because they teach us how to critically think, solve problems, and take responsibility.”

Faculty agreed with Brendan’s statement and added that they work their hardest when teaching lessons to relate it to real world problems that the students may face in their futures. Many students also agreed that it is their own responsibility to teach themselves how to balance a checkbook, how to pay bills, how to vote, how to start a family.

“My mom never had someone teach her how to do those things. If anything, school prepares us for life much more than it did for our parents,” senior Julia Cipollone stated.

Another solid point that was made during our time at Seton was that answers and directions are able to be found easily through the many tech  outlets we have access to today.

“If I’m unsure about the political system or how to wash dishes, I can simply type it into Google and over 300,000 answers will pop up right to my convenience. Some people like my teachers and my parents didn’t have that type of quick assistance to use to their advantage.” said, Billy O’Malley.  

Although some of the subjects that are taught in school may not seem as though they are beneficial to students’ futures, without those lessons the 30% of students that are sent to college each year would not be prepared for the classes and the work they receive. The classes that are required in high school also help develop character and critical thinking to prepare students to take on the real world. The video is correct, school can monotonous and seemingly useless, but by succeeding to the best of their abilities they can make the best out of their education.  Stay determined through the abstract math, thousand year old epics, and chemical experiments. They will develop the skills necessary to thrive in the real world, and think like an adult.

Learn something. Stay in school.

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