Tupac Shakur at age 17: One of the most on point videos on education you will ever watch

Yesterday I came across this video interview with Tupac Shakur when he was 17 years old. You must watch this.



Well…I hope that I don’t get in trouble, but um. School is, I think that we got so caught up in school being a tradition that we stopped using it as a learning tool, which it should be. Up to this day. I mean school should be, I think there should be a different curriculum in each and every like neighborhood you know. Because I’m going to Tamalpais High and I’m learning about the basics, but they’re not basic for me, you know.

They’re not, to get us ready for today’s world. They’re not, that’s not helping. It’s just what they took, so that’s what we’re gonna take. So that’s why the streets have taught me. And um.

But school is really important. Reading, writing, arithmetic. But I think after you learn reading, writing, arithmetic, that’s it. But what they tend to is teach you reading, writing, and arithmetic then teach you reading, writing, and arithmetic again then again then again, just make 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, a real sex education class. Not just pictures and diaphragms and unlogical terms and things like that. There should be a drug class, there should be sex education, there should be a class on scams, there should be a class on religious cult, there should be a class on police brutality, there should be a class on aparthy, there should be on racism in america, there should be a class on why people are hungry, but there not, there’s class on gym, you know, physical education, let’s learn volleyball. because one day…you know…there’s classes like algebra where I’ve yet to go to a store and gone xy+2 and give me my y change back thank you. I think you can let me out, I’ve lived alone by myself. And the things that helped me were the things I learned from my mother, from the streets.

Reading has helped me, I mean, schools taught me reading, which is, I love. Reading, writing and arithmetic, that’s it. Like foreign languages, I think they’re important, but I don’t think they should be required. Because…actually they should be teaching you English. And then teaching you how to understand double-talk, politicians double-talk. Not teaching you how to understand French, and Spanish and German. When am I going to Germany! I can’t afford rent in America. How am I going to Germany. This is what I mean by the basics aren’t the basics for me.

And I think is should be like college you can go and take the classes that you want. I think that Elementary school should be that way. Where they give you the classes you take, for the basics. And then Junior High School and High School should be the classes that you need to, in order to choose your path.

{off screen questions}

It’s just a place you go during the day to keep you busy while they’re at work…

We’re not being taught to deal with the world as is it is. We’re being taught to deal with this fairy land that we’re not even living in anymore. And it’s sad. Because it’s me telling you. And it should not be me telling you.

15 thoughts on “Tupac Shakur at age 17: One of the most on point videos on education you will ever watch

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  2. Sorry but this is some of the stupidest shit i ever read/heard. I learnt about apartheid, and racism and political double talk in a couple of classes i like to call social studies, History and Government. Believe it or not “school” is not your parents. or nanny or babysitter. anyone who even looks as this as “inspired” is a slacker

    • First off, this is from 1988. Secondly, the classes have changed since then. Thirdly, I “learnt” how to spell “learned” in first grade. Oh yeah, “i” also “learned” that you capitalize “I” when it stands alone in kindergarden.

  3. You took about two sentences out of this, said an argument and just call the rest of this stupid? Just because some one questions the society and how things are doesn’t make them a slacker. in fact it takes more effort to think outside the box instead of just learning all the bull shit things you learn in school. So go ahead and talk about those 2 lines that probably took you a couple hours to counter point. Tupac became famous on his own hard work. So if he is a slacker, i want to be one too

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