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Albert Einstein once said, everybodys genius But if you judge a fish by 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 do a ten mile run.

Tell me school, are you proud of the things youve done?

Turning millions of people into robots, do you find that fun?

Do you realize how many kids relate to that fish? Swimming upstream in class never
finding their gifts. Thinking they are stupid. Believing they are useless.

But the time has come, no more excuses.

I call school to the stand and accuse him of killing creativity! Individuality! And being
intellectually abusive.

Hes an ancient institution that has outlived his usage.

So your honor, this concludes my opening statement and if I may present the evidence
of my case, I will prove it.

[Judge:] Source: LYBIO.net


Proceed.

[Prince Ea:]
Exhibit A : Heres a modern day phone, recognize it? Heres a phone from 150 years
ago. Big difference right?

Stay with me

Heres a car from today, and heres a car from 150 years ago. Big difference right?

Well get this

Heres a classroom of today and heres a class we used 150 years ago.

Whoa

Now aint that a shame? In literally more than a century, nothing has changed.

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?
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 train
people work in factories.

FRAGILE! FRAGILE! FRAGILE!


BRAIN BRAIN BRAIN

Which explains why you put students in straight rows, nice and neat.

NICE & NEAT

Tell em sit still. Raise your hand if you wanna speak. Give em a short break to eat and
for 8 hours a day tell em what to think.

Oh, and make them compete to get an A.

A letter which determines product quality. Hence grade A of meat.

GRADE
A
MEAT

I get it.

I GET IT

Back then times were different. We all have a past. I myself am no Gandhi. But today,
we dont need to make robot zombies.

PROGRESSED

The world has progressed, and now we need people who think creatively, innovatively,
critically, independently with an ability to connect.

CREATIVELY INNOVATIVELY CRITICALLY INDEPENDENTLY

See every scientist will tell you that no two brains are the same. And every parent with
two or more children will confirm that claim. So please explain why you treat students
like cookie cutter frames or snapback hats. Giving them 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 result will
tragic.
TRAGIC

So many people would get sick yet. When it comes to school, this is exactly what
happens. This educational malpractice.

EDUCATIONAL MALPRACTICE

Where one teacher stands in front of 20 kids, each one having different strengths,
different needs, different gifts, different dream. And you teach the same thing the
same way? Thats horrific!

Ladies and Gentlemen, the defendant should not be acquitted. This may be one of the
worst criminal offences ever to be committed. And lets mention the way you treat your
employees.

!
Objection!

[Judge:] Source: LYBIO.net


Overruled. I want to hear this.

[Prince Ea:]
Its a shame, I mean teachers have the most important job on the planet, yet there
underpaid.

PAID
UNDER

No wonder so many students are short changed.

SHORT CHANGED

Lets be honest, teachers should earn just as much as doctors. Because a doctor can do
heart surgery, and save the life of a kid. But a great teacher can reach the heart of
that kid and allow him to truly live.

See teachers are heroes that often get blamed. But theyre not the problem. They
work in a system without many options or rights.

Curriculums are created by policy makers. Most of which have never taught a day in
their life. Just obsessed with standardized tests. They think bubbling in a multiple
choice question will determine success. That outlandish.

In fact these tests are too crude to be used and should be abandoned. But dont take
my word for it, take Frederick.J.Kelly. The man who invented standardized testing,
who said and I quote.

These tests are too crude to be used and should be abandoned.


THESE TESTS ARE
TOO
CRUDE
TO BE
USES

But dont my word for it, take Frederick J. Kelly, the 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 dont have much faith in school but I do have faith in people. And if we can customize
healthcare, cars, and Facebook pages, then it is our duty to do the same for education.
To upgrade it. Change it.

UPGRADE
CHANGE
SCHOOL SPIRIT

Do away with school spirit cause thats useless. Unless were working to bring the spirit
out of each and every student, that should be our task.

COMMON CORE

No more common core, instead. Lets reach the core of every heart in every class. Sure
math is important, but no more than art and dance.

ART
OR
DANCE

Lets give every gift an equal chance. I know this sounds like a dream. But countries
like Finland are doing impressive things.

SCHOOL DAYS Source: L Y B I O . N E T

The have shorter school days. Teachers make a decent wage.

Homework is non-existent and they focus on collaboration instead of competition.

Collaboration

INSTEAD OF COMPETITION

But heres the kicker boys and girls.


Their educational system outperforms every other country in the world.

SINGAPORE

Other places like Singapore are succeeding rapidly.

MONTESSORI

Schools like Montessori, Programs like Khan Academy.

KHAN ACADEMY

There is no single solution, but lets get moving. Because while students may be 20% of
our population.

20%

They are 100% of our future.

100%

So lets attend to their dreams and theres no telling that we can achieve.

This is a world in which I believe. A world where fish are no longer forced to climb
trees.

TO CLIMB TREES