Week 3 Contextual reference – musical inspiration – 11.02.20

Week 3 Contextual reference – musical inspiration – 11.02.20

Musical inspiration and reference to alternative education, lifestyles, and ‘the system’ in contemporary arts culture.

I have been specifically looking for musical pieces I have come across in the past to look back over them, and keep them on record for if I choose to use any of them as inspiration for some images. They are also great for showing the arguments on you tube in favour of student led education, or for a reworking of how our school system works. They are really interesting, and being on you tube garner hundreds of thousands, in some cases millions and millions of views, being consumed by all sorts of people of all ages, sexes, demographics & locations .

The biggest one I could think of is “Don’t stay in school” by Boyinaband, which has been viewed over thirty eight million times on youtube 

© Boyinaband. 2013. Don’t stay in school. You tube

I wasn’t taught how to get a job
But I can remember dissecting a frog
I wasn’t taught how to pay tax
But I know loads about Shakespeare’s classics
I was never taught how to vote
They devoted that time to defining isotopes
I wasn’t taught how to look after my health
But mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell
Never spent a lesson on current events
Instead I studied The Old American West
I was never taught what laws there are
I was never taught what laws there are
Let me repeat – I was not taught the laws for the country I live in
But I know how Henry the VIII killed his women
Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived
Glad that’s in my head instead of financial advice
I was shown the wavelengths of different hues of light
But I was never taught my human rights
Apparently, there’s 30, do you know them? I don’t
Why the hell can’t we both recite them by rote?!
I know igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks
Yet I don’t know squat about trading stocks
Or how money works at all – where does it come from?
How does the thing that motivates the world function?
Not taught how to budget and disburse my earnings
I was too busy rehearsing cursive
Didn’t learn how much it costs to raise a kid or what an affidavit is
But I spent days on what the quadratic equation is
Negative b, plus or minus, the square root of b squared, minus 4ac, over 2a
That’s insane, that’s absolutely insane
They made me learn that over basic first aid
Or how to recognise the most deadly mental disorders or diseases with preventable causes
Or how to buy a house with a mortgage, if I could afford it
‘Cause abstract maths was deemed more important
Than advice that would literally save thousands of lives
But it’s cool, ’cause now, I could tell you if the number of unnecessary deaths caused by that choice was prime
Never taught present day practical medicines
But I was told what the ancient hippocratic method is
“I’ve got a headache, the pain is ceaseless, what should I take?”
Umm, maybe try some leeches?
“Could we discuss domestic abuse and get the facts or how to help my depressed friend with their mental state?”
Ummm, no, but learn mental maths
Because “You won’t have a calculator with you, every day!”
They say it’s not the kids, the parents are the problem
Then if you taught the kids to parent, that’s the problem solved then
All this advice about using a condom
But none for when you actually have a kid, when you want one
I’m only fluent in this language, for serious?
The rest of the world speaks two, do you think I’m an idiot?
They chose the solar over the political system
So, like a typical citizen, now, I don’t know what I’m voting on
Which policies exist, or how to make them change
Mais oui, je parle un peu de Francais
So at 18, I was expected to elect a representative
For a system I had never, ever, ever, ever been presented with
But I won’t take it
I’ll tell everyone my childhood was wasted
I’ll share it everywhere how I was “educated”
And insist these pointless things
Don’t stay in school
Lyrics © Boy in a band. Musixmatch
Boyinaband also did this great video looking at the mass of alternative educational provision available to children/families. Given there is some questionable references in there, I will just link to it rather than imbedding it here …. https://youtu.be/FR0_sZtCfJ0 This video has been viewed nearly 4 million times. 
I SUED THE SCHOOL SYSTEM BY PRINCE Ea has been viewed TWENTY MILLION TIMES , that a lot of people interested in why school is failing children. This video makes perfect points in both audio and visual references , comparing things like phones and cars from 100 years ago, to their present day counterparts, all of which are hugely different, all , it seems except school …..My absolute favourite part of this vide is when addressing the multiple choice tests used in American schools Prince quotes Frederick J Kelly who invented multiple choice testing, who said “These tests are too crude to be used, and should be abandoned. ” I’ve had a look through the internet to try and find the original quote and where it came from and found this article in the Washington post where is states “Once world war 1 was over, Kelly himself began to ardently champion a different direction for educational reform, a model of liberal, integrated, problem-based learning. In his inaugural address as University of Idaho president in 1928, he argued for expansive changes almost diametrically opposite to his early advocacy of standardised testing. “College is a place to learn how to educate oneself rather than a place in which to be educated.” he insisted. (Washington post :Davidson. Cathy N. 2011)

© Prince Ea. I sued the school system. 2016. You tube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqTTojTija8

Lyrics to I sued the school system from (Genius lyrics)

Albert Einstein once said: “Everybody’s a genius
But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, today on trial we have modern day schooling
Glad you could come. Not only does he make fish climb trees, but also makes them climb down and make them do a 10 mile run
Tell me, school, are you proud of the things you’ve done?Turning millions of people into robots
Do you find that fun?
Do you realize how many children relate to that fish swimming upstream in class believing they are useless?
Well the time has come; no more excuses. I call school the to the stand and accuse him of killing creativity, individuality and being intellectually abusive he’s ancient institution has outlived his usage
So, your honor, this concludes my open statement and if I may present the opening of my case I will prove it
Exhibit A: here’s a modern day phone; recognize it?
Now here’s a phone from 150 years ago
Big difference, right?
Stay with me, all right
Here’s a car today and here’s a car from 150 years ago
Big difference right?
Well get this: here’s a classroom of today and here’s a classroom we used 150 years ago
Now ain’t that a shame
In literary over a century, nothing has changed

Yet you claim to prepare students for the future?
But with evidence like that I must ask: do you prepare students for the future, or the past?
I did a background check on you and let the records show, that you were made to trade people to work in factories, which explains why you put students in straight rows nice and neat. Raise your hand if you want to speak, give them a short break to eat, and for eight hours a day tell them what to think
Oh, and make the compete to get an A a letter that determines a product quality hint grade A of meat I get it, back then times were different  . We all have a past; I myself am no Gandhi . But today, we don’t need to make robot zombies

The world had progressed, and now we need people

Who think creatively, innovatively, critically, interdependently, with the ability to connect
You see, every scientist will tell you no two brains are the same
And every parents with two or more children will confirm that claim
So please explain why you treat students like cookie cutter frames
Or snap back caps, giving this one size fits all crap?

Watch your language!
Sorry, your honor
But if a doctor prescribed the exact same medicine to all of his patients
The results would be tragic; so many people would get sick

Yet when it comes to school this is exactly what happens. This educational malpractice where one teacher stands in front of 20 children each one having different strengths different needs different gifts different dreams and you teach the same thing the same way. that’s horrific lady gentlemen the defendant the gentlemen should not be acquitted
This may be one of the worst criminal offenses ever to be committed. And let’s mention the way you treat your employees
Overruled I want to hear this!
It’s a shame I mean teachers have the most important job on the planet yet they are underpaid no wonder why so many students are shortchanged. Let’s be honest teachers should earn just as much as doctors because a doctor can do heart surgery and save the life of a child. But a great teacher can reach the heart of that child and allow him to truly live
You see teachers are heroes that often get blamed.
 But they’re not the problem they work in a system with not many options or rights curriculum’s are created by policy makers where most of them haven’t taught a day in their life. Just obsessed with standardized tests they think bubbling in a multiple choice question will determine success

That’s how outlandish in fact these test are to cruel to be used and should be abandoned. But don’t take my word for it. take Fredrick J Keely and man who invented standardized testing who said and I quote “These tests are too crude to be used and should be abandoned” Ladies and gentlemen of the jury if we continue down this road the results will be lethal
I don’t have much faith in school, but I do have faith in people. and if we can customize health care, cars, and Facebook pages, then it is our duty to do the same for education to upgrade change and do way with school spirit ’cause that’s useless unless we are working to bring the spirit out of each and every student that should be our task. No more common core instead let’s reach the core of every heart in every class
Sure math is important but no more than art or dance let’s give every gift an equal chance I know this sounds like a dream but countries like Finland are doing impressive things they have shorter school days, teachers make a decent wage homework is non existent they focus on collaboration instead of competition. But here’s the kicker boys and girls: their educational system outperforms every other country in the world. Other places like Singapore are succeeding rapidly schools like Montessori programs like Khan Academy there is no single solution
But let’s get moving because while students may be 20% of our population, they are 100% of our future so let’s attend to their dreams and there’s no telling what we can achieve this is a world in which I believe a world where fish are no longer forced to climb trees
I rest my case


Video -  Boyinaband. 2013. Don’t stay in school. You tube. Available at https://youtu.be/8xe6nLVXEC0 ( Accessed 11.02.20 )
Lyrics - Boyinaband. 2013. Don’t stay in school. musixmatch. Available at https://www.musixmatch.com/lyrics/Boyinaband/Don-t-Stay-in-School (Accessed 11.02.20)
Video – Boyinaband 2016. You don’t legally have to go to school. Available at https://youtu.be/FR0_sZtCfJ0 (Accessed 11.02.20)
Video - Prince Ea. 2016. I sued the school system.  You tube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqTTojTija8 (Accessed 11.02.20)
Lyrics – Prince Ea. I just sued the school system. Genius.com. Available at  https://genius.com/Prince-ea-i-just-sued-the-school-system-lyrics (Accessed 11.02.20)

 Articles - Davidson. Cathy N. 2011. Washington post. Standized tests for everyone? In the internet age thats the wrong answer. Available at https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/standardized-tests-for-everyone-in-the-internet-age-thats-the-wrong-answer/2011/09/21/gIQA7SZwqK_story.html?sw_bypass=true (Accessed 11.02.20)


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