As the summer winds down students across the country are getting ready to go back to school. Some young people have already started school in their respective school districts. Students are focused on what to wear on those first days back while educators are preparing to meet your child. The education system in this country is effected by capitalism just like everything else. The education system is big business and we are told that our children lack the skill sets to take us into the future resulting in mass hysteria in the classrooms. Crowded classes, dilapidated buildings, uneducated teachers, and bored students is an unhealthy mix of roadblocks for our students. Parents, it is not enough for your child to just go to school every day. Some people do not even want to go to their jobs every day yet they expect their kids to enjoy the proverbial rat race. Young people come home from a day of “learning” or memorization training and are expected to do homework on top of taking care of their responsibilities at home while we sit back and “relax” after a hard day’s work.
In these times it is more than important to teach your child world history and the history of this country. It is important that your child know the history of their family heritage and I can’t stress enough how important it is right now to learn about our government. If you don’t know it enough to teach your child then you need to be in the local library with your child learning and not memorizing facts. There are a lot of things that are no longer being taught in schools like handwriting, Pan-African history, how government works versus how it actually works, geography, and physical science. The 11th and current United States Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, is not an ally in the fight for your child’s education. You are the only person that your child can count on in this fight. When was the last time a Rapper put out a song focusing on students and their education? Rappers don’t even have educated monikers anymore. Rest in Peace to the Educated Rapper and shout out to Schoolly D and Professor X! Gone are the days where education, knowledge, and intellect is a major theme in Rap music. You’re either “conscious” or unconscious.
“Woke” does not equate to being smart. There are a lot of people out there who are “aware” but not necessarily “smart” and vice versa. So if your child isn’t being educated at school or by any other means it is your job as the adult to school young people. That’s why a lot of young people don’t respect the generation before them. They feel abandoned by us because we never schooled them when they needed it and now we’re complaining about the moves they’re making. Schooling someone doesn’t mean that you’re sending them on a dummy mission or putting them in adult situations and expecting them to be an adult. Schooling a young person will open their eyes and make them think three times about the consequences of their actions. I know that there are some of us who weren’t schooled in enough time to be saved but that doesn’t mean that you can’t save the next young man or young woman.
If the truth is told, the youth can grow.They learn to survive until they gain control. -Nas (I can)