WHAT IS SCHOOL FOR? Feel free to call me slow but, I spent 16 years going to school and I still don’t know. When I finished, I didn’t know how to do my own taxes, purchase a home, or apply for a loan. I didn’t know a thing about investments, building credit or getting a job. I graduated at the top of my class and what did I have? This fancy diploma to sit at home with… my mom. But luckily, they did teach me some important skills like factoring trinomials and how mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell. I’m so happy I remember the Pythagorean theorem ’cause it helped me a lot. Ok, I’m lying let me stop. Because all the stuff they taught me truthfully, I forgot. Mom, remember when you would ask me: “What did you learn in school today?” And I would say: “Nothin’ much.” I wasn’t being modest The truth about it mom is I had already forgotten. And it’s not just me– millions of students sing the same song. How many of you guys avoid eye contact with the teacher to try not to get called upon? Afraid to raise your hand for fear of being wrong, which proves that school isn’t an environment for learning or building up the intellect. It’s just a game you play for grades and how many A’s you can collect. But I guess what do you expect when the most commonly asked question in class is: “Is this gonna be on the test?” Is this gonna be on the test? See if school really put learning instead of testing and memorizing as the top standard then the letter “F” would not stand for “Failure.” It would stand for “Find another Answer.” And if school was really interested in our personal and academic success, students would wake up later, have more freedom and homework… a lot less. And that’s not my opinion, this conclusion has been scientifically tested and proven. And any teacher that doesn’t believe me feel free to check my works cited page to inspect. Oh, and I did it in MLA format because I know that’s all you will accept. See students would get more benefit from an extra hour of sleep than putting them through the torture of an extra essay, reading 150 pages, doing problems 1-60 on the worksheet, and having 3 projects due by the end of the week. Not only is it pointless pain but it’s also dim-witted. Because we get so much work, but they don’t teach the time management skills to deal with it. See in school we are controlled by bells. We have to learn in rooms with the Feng shui of a prison cell. We have to ask permission to relieve bodily functions but not before the teacher asks a million questions like: “Why Didn’t you go before class” I’m sorry my bladder is kinda on its own schedule and it’s not always timely. See teachers always say: “Use your time wisely.” But that never made sense to me. ‘Cause these six cruel hours of our lives we call “school” might literally be the worst use of time management ever in history. Think about it, the traditional teaching method is foolish. No, it’s useless multiplied by the square root of… stupid What they do is: They cram information in your head, force-feeding ya And then you throw it up on the test. THAT’S NOT EDUCATION…. that’s bulimia. And the more bulimic you are the better you will do on assessments. So it’s no wonder why so many students graduate mentally and emotionally anorexic. See school teaches you how to memorize dots. TRUE education SHOULD teach you how to connect them. TRUE education teaches you how to catch a fish. School teaches you: yeah you caught the fish but u didn’t show your work so it doesn’t count. Throw it back! I’m just asking What is school for? It’s not education, that’s just not true. If you still think that, you might be sniffing the glue. See the word education comes from the Latin root “educe” meaning “bring out” i.e bring the gifts out of a person and make them viable. But school doesn’t bring out much. It just stuffs more facts inside of you. Now some of that stuff is justifiable. We need reading, writing, and some arithmetic– that’s fair. But are you telling me metamorphic and igneous rocks are more important than self-care? If suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death of ages 10-24 and Harvard studies suggest the biggest predictor for success is self-control and emotional health, then why the heck aren’t we taught how to handle stress, bullies or rejection? How about anxiety or depression? You know– skills we need for our entire lives. Bro, I don’t even know how to cook. I’m honestly surprised I’m still alive. But hey at least I can name all the battles that happened in the civil war. Seriously, what is school for? Some say you need it to be successful and that’s something we do not doubt. But do you own a MacBook or iPhone? Did you know they both were created by a dropout? Are you watching this video on Facebook or YouTube? Doesn’t matter which you choose. They both were created by dropouts. Ever used Snapchat, WhatsApp, shopped at Whole Foods? Well, Thanks a dropout. Does your home furniture come from IKEA? OK don’t get the wrong idea– he was not a dropout, don’t be a fool. I mean how could he drop out, Ingvar Kamprad, founder of IKEA never even went to school. I know what you’re thinking: “He’s just picking and choosing, there’s millions who didn’t go to school that aren’t successful. Who is he fooling?” And You’re right! But open your history books and start perusing. You’ll find the very people we idolize in school never really had formal and/or secondary schooling. I’m talking George Washington Abe Lincoln Americas best presidents had zero school between them. Ben Franklin Thomas Edison Shall I proceed? Ernest Hemingway Mark Twain Teddy Roosevelt Margaret Mead Now, please! I’m not saying drop out. ‘Cause some schools are great and many teachers are rare treasures. I’m saying that there’s a difference between people who are smart and people who score better. I’m saying that your future is something no test will ever measure. Even if that test begins in 3 letters like SAT, ACT. It’s BS if they say those determine your L.I.F.E No, your destiny is in your hands. You must shape it to be great. So don’t expect school to open doors ‘Cause it’s more likely to slam them in your face. Sometimes I wonder about all the dreams lost in school and how much potential goes to waste. If it wasn’t for music and YouTube then I would have been just another lost case. Everybody watching this please close your eyes. Imagine a child sitting in the back of some teachers class in some town, he never raises his hand, he fails most of his classes but inside of him lives a passion. And if nurtured and brought out will lead him to discover the cure for cancer. But you see, I’m afraid that child’s gift will never come out. He will never win the Nobel Prize award because in class he was ignored and his worth was judged only by his scores. So teachers, principals, parents, advisors, and students, I ask one more time: “What is school for?”


  • school is worst then person think about it now i never whant to person but i know some stuff from TV like in person you can move around in your cell in school you have to stay in a disk in person you can sleep when ever in school you cant in person you can talk in school you cant in person you have uniform an scholl also have uniform person is a place were you go if you are bad? then why school is worst huh? see my point?

  • School is a joke, go to college get a degree and get a shitty job with a huge debt smacking your head all the time. Happens 98.5% of the time. The system for “common” people is broken so school doesn’t work anymore

  • Somethings are true but mostly you need school lol. I wished you knew everything when you were born so no school

  • Problobly the school is for …wait your own "adult" dor made somenting then you went ti work for this societing for give your own Monney from the Bill and from exagereted cost of the things

  • Пизда они там жажрадись, им американская система образования не нравится, лол. Получились бы в России, посмотрел бы я на них

  • Finally some one agrees wit me I get so fking stressed at school. School is just a house that creates mental stress.

  • I’m really bad at math, history and those kind of things, but entertaining people is my dream, I’m very shy and I don’t know or don’t dare to express myself in public, I’m dreaming about being a YouTuber, entertaining people and living a good life, but with school, I don’t have time for those kind off things. I study hard, trying to make the teachers proud, but I actually was never proud of myself, because I just can’t do what I want to do. I’ve been trying to make time, but it just didn’t work out because of homework, projects and those kind of things. I’m sharing this video, all around school, to let them see that it’s not all about good grades, make your childhood good, so you can actually laugh, thinking about the fun childhood you had, and even, have a great life after that. This video inspired me so much, i think that I’m just able, to do the things that I wanna do, this video made me express myself a lot better. I’m really happy that there is someone. Out there. Inspiring us. And letting us see what life, school etc. is about . I have 4 words to say right now. Thank you prime Ea

  • I mean my school is fun,or is it because I life in Germany,I learned some new things but it was pretty fun and the teachers are cool

  • I want to cry causw yesterday there was our result and I got average marks while all of my friends and relitives got highest marks I was so dissapointed everyone said that I am a loser and will be a loser in the future I lost all my hope and just started to hate my LIFE but now I realized that I was'nt a loser infact I am the winner thank you so much for giving me hope tears are dropping from my eyes thank god youtube suggested this video on the right time

  • For the first 3 years of our lives were taught to walk and talk but for the rest of it were told to sit down and shut up.

  • What has to be understood is that knowledge is obtained from other aspects of life, little from school, so we should be ready to be take it from anywhere since that is what determines our success, not school

  • I learnt more in this 8 min video than 7 hours at school I mean why should we wake up so early and go to school feeling sleepy why can't we have enough sleep then go to school why should we learn how to calculate in ower minds while have calculaters why should we learn how to make our handwriting good while we have smartphones why should we learn other languages while we have translator…dear school I hate u ur so old we are not growing and going to the past but we are growing and going to the future!

  • School is basically child care, it’s useless it shows some support but not a lot. It’s also a good way to get a job

  • You don’t really learn shit In school all they make you do is memorize shit that’s not gonna benifit you in the future

  • when i’m older, i want to be an illustrator and an author of children’s books. seriously, why would i need a bar graph. we need to learn necessary stuff. tying a knot, how to deal with emergencies, how to survive alone in the woods. but apparently it’s not necessary

  • I hope the school system can change because then I feel like the future of America will be brighter with kids who actually brought out something from them

  • ill be honest… this inspires me to become a teacher and just completely skip the school board's instructions and instead teach life's fundamentals (taxes, investments, jobs, etc)

  • Hey y’all, currently having an anxiety attack about homework. It’s just a lot. Hopefully this video makes me feel a little better. 🙁 ☹️

  • Actually, school opens a lot of doors, maybe it's not fair but if your good at school and get good grades in a good school you can go to a great college and sure it doesn't matter where you go to college as long as you work hard there but it doesn't hurt to go to a college that you can name-drop like a big IV league. A good education will open up your eyes to the world around and will make you question things you never thought about, like how that mountain on the side of the road went through all the different phases rocks can go though. And I know school can be hard on some people and strict school systems don't work for everyone but there are great school environments that will try to help students in every way they can. And honestly school also teaches you how to work hard, sure there are other ways you can work hard like if you have a job or manual labor but at least for some it is a good way to learn. And OF COARSE your health comes before school ALWAYS but if you are able to do well in school it can really help, I'm just saying school isn't always bad and a lot of people really benefit from it. And my school day is 7.5 hours not 6

  • This speaks so much, and yet. No ones who needs to hear it listens to it. These days its all about what the school board ,principal, or teachers. Students dont matter. My whole school calls our school jail. I call it hell.

  • Grades are just things that judge you by your knowledge that you have right now, and gets you in trouble by your parents if it’s a lower letter

  • In our school my schedule starts at 12:00 to 7:00 pm and Im still hating math even if were only half day and in our periodical or final exams every subjects is only 40 minutes every subject T-T

  • Hi…. 1.i always think in school that we are robots or human.. 😔
    2.because we are forced to learn for marks and losing creative.. Iam honestly speaking that only 10 %of students are creative out of 100% in my class know one thing… We are not allowed outside… Physical education is only for acheivers(those who acheive something in sports)
    4.we are getting 10 mins break and 30 mins lunch break in 7 hours classes… No freedom to see outside
    5.there is no encouragement for creative learners… Then why is school for? Creative or mug up..
    6.the only solution to this problem is that students should be creative or else teachers should teach us in the way to connect education with nature. thing I want to say … Don't expect for change… Instead create change
    8..princ ea… Thanks for this video…. School is only for creativeness and understanding education
    9.we students can change it… Or we students can learn in way for creativeness

  • This video always makes me mad. Here's the main point of it: school has a lot of problems. But people go around putting this guy on a throne but here's the thing; anyone, no matter how intelligent or unintelligent can find a problem with something. But it's the people who should be put on the throne that find the solution to a problem. And as far as I can conclude from watching this video in it's entirety he doesn't give an actual solution to how our school system should be from now on.

  • As a former public school teacher you really don't get how the system works.

    State sets standards and makes test.
    Curriculum is written to cover all items on test.
    Teacher is told what to teach, when to teach, even how to teach. Things flow down hill NOT up.
    Teachers who disagree with the system quickly replaced, with people who don't question authority.
    After 4 or 5 years of university to become a teacher, half of the teachers last less than 5 years in the public school system.

    At the teacher orientation for a school district I once worked for we were all told "YOU ARE ALL REPLACEABLE". It only got worse from there. You think you has a bad day ? Mine were EPIC.

  • You might hate school but what happens when you get a job say your a waiter or waitress the cost for dinner was $20 they give you $45 if you didn’t go to school you wouldn’t know how to figure that out. But still this is true. But it’s basically work!

  • My heart really touched this video like it makes me feel less worried and nervous about entering high school Thank You 🙏

  • Hate school, don’t like how my parents destroy what I like (gaming, streaming). Spend most my time in front of a classroom with a teacher that won’t look at my raised hand. School has made my life worthless. Doing things that you enjoy can help make a living. But yet, parents and teachers can crush that dream within 1 min of your life.

    All I want right now, in 8th grade, is to stop school if I can’t have the education of what I want to become.

    My parents will disagree on this video if I show them, but Prince Ea, this video told me that 6 cruel hours of our lives of cramming stupid stuff that has no use to us, that u didn’t show your work, and these many wonderful words and sentences, that a video can make up for 6 hrs of school.

    School is something to be successful. But in what? We have multiple subjects, yet we learn nothing interesting.

    So what subjects do we need, to become what we want to be?

    Not only education can make you smart, doing something out of school will make you smarter. But how can we do this? That’s my question for you 😀

  • They try to control your education and most of your life and teach u whatever the government wants you to learn so it’s basically restricting u to whatever then want u to learn lol

  • People just go to school so they can learn about the history that you will never talk about in your life time and why do you need to know about them when you can learn something that is actually useful in life.

  • School always sucked, they be teaching you useless crap that you dont even need in you life. They teach you algerbra, rational equations and shit but they dont teach you what is essential is a lot more valiable on our day to day lives

  • My teacher told me that “history is to be learned to not be repeated, the people who are making the world worse, are the people who haven’t learned from past mistakes.”

  • Every day I come to school I never have enything to earn from it my teacher always told me if you not study your future is fail in spite of I very very attempht to learn from it but I don't understand all it was. I am from Thailand many people know Thailand learning is very suck I know English because I am learn more from other place

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