Great piece by Nathaniel Whittemore on “What Jay-Z Can Teach Us About the Future of Education”.

The educational system in this country is in need of a renovation. Everyone knows this. Our world is changing so fast that every time you blink Apple is introducing a new drug for your mind. So all of us can agree that we need to prepare the next platoon of workers for a new type of battle. A war based on innovation, creativity, and technological prowess. All educational levels have begun preparing for this in hopes that more kids will turn into successful adults. However, in the midst of all this excitement it is important for us to remember what the key to education truly is. This is where Whittemore brings up this quote from Jay-Z’s book Decoded:

“I hit the streets for the same reason a lot of other kids do: I … loved the idea of cutting myself loose from the rules and low ceilings of the straight world. The truth is that most kids on the corner aren’t making big money … The kid on the streets is getting a shot at a dream. The dream is that he will be the one to make this hustling thing pay off in a big way … they’re working because they think they’re due for a miracle. The kid in McDonald’s gets a check and that’s it. There’s no dream in fast food. Manager? That’s a promotion, not a dream. It took me a long time to realize how much courage it took to work at McDonald’s. … But at that time, it seemed like an act of surrender to a world that hated us.”

You want the key to truly improving education? Let’s thank Mr. Shawn Carter for putting it right under our nose. The key is giving kids the honest dream of a future that they want. I’m not just talking about underprivileged gang kids from “the hood”, I mean Polo-wearing -Range-Rover-driving young adults in high priced Universities too. I’m talking about all kids. They may be getting educated, but are they excited to go to class everyday to learn about how to do things they truly love? If they are, then they are guaranteed success. If they aren’t,  than they are likely headed for monotony and ineffectiveness after school.

What changes would you make to the American educational system?