Stupid in America: Why we, and this viral video, are to blame

English rapper-poet Suli Breaks is out with a video that’s taking the internet by storm, and young people are loving it, the Huffington Post reports. “Why I Hate School But Love Education” has received nearly half a million views since it was posted to YouTube on Sunday. The young, educated artist takes a strong stance on schooling, urging the world’s youth to “understand your motives and reassess your aims.”

“Let’s look at the statistics,” Suli Breaks says, pointing to moguls worth billions of dollars as examples of those who succeeded without graduating from an institution of higher learning: the late Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Jackson. (We won’t harp too much on the fact that he misspells both Zuckerberg and Jackson’s names.) Suli Breaks has a point — school might not be for everyone, but an education is crucial, and students should assess whether they’re really in school to learn. But the arguments he uses to make it have their flaws — evocative of this crisis of “stupid in America” (a phrase borrowed from a 2006 ABC investigation) that in the end, is only perpetuated by a whirlpool of communities — and the media — asking all the wrong questions about education…

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