There was a time I used to say that I was a superhero; student by day, entrepreneur by night. You see, just like any other teenager in America I attended high school. During the day, I sat behind a desk, in a room with four corners, and 20 teenagers who were all expected to learn the same way. If you even thought about thinking outside of the box than you were different, an outcast. If you could not grasp the idea that a2 +b2 = c2 or y=mx+b than you were deemed challenged, below average, or “slow.” I once heard a man, who goes by the name Prince Ea, compare the way students are taught to a doctor who prescribes the same medication to all of his patients. There would be chaos, pain, and suffering. The irony is these happen to be the same words most of my peers use to describe their mental, physical, and emotional well-being. School causes stress, stress causes pain, and pain causes suffering.
We are taught that our grades define our future. I am living proof that, that is not the case. About a month ago I received a 55 on an algebra quiz. Math has always been a challenging subject of mine. My ability to keep up with my peers in math walked out the door the very second letters walked into equations. Anyway, my point is in the exact same month I received a 55 on my quiz I also happened to appear in a national Clean & Clear commercial, where I was interviewed about the power of manifestation and the importance of loving thyself.
Student by day; entrepreneur by night.
You see, after the ringing of the final bell that indicated the school day had come to a very much appreciated end, I got to do what I loved. I would leave my school to speak at colleges, but than there were times when I would leave school and have no energy to speak at all.
School is a job that doesn’t pay. The movies have got it all wrong. We don’t sit in a classroom all day doing absolutely nothing till the bell rings and we meet up to have lunch with our crush. We sit and we are told to be silent. We are given assignments that critique our quantity rather than our quality, and its these very assignments that we are told can make or break us. I have witnessed the breaking of our youth and it is heartbreaking.
There are many, many issues regarding the educational system. The solution will not be simple or something that happens overnight. Nothing worth having is ever easy to obtain. We must change our schools, our curriculum, and our way of thinking. We can start by asking our students what they need in order to succeed because we all have a different definition of success. We are all superheroes; students by day fighting a battle nobody knows about by night.
By Essynce Moore
Essynce Moore is an entrepreneur, fashion designer/stylist, author, actress, motivational speaker, and fashionista that brings a positive vibe to her peers and others. She’s been in numerous fashion shows, pageants, karate tournaments and has spoken at numerous conferences and/or workshops. Essynce has received many proclamations, rewards, TV interviews, newspaper recognitions, and has been known to be an ideal role model for our youth and teens. She encourages all children to explore entrepreneurship and to learn lifestyle skills.