Education according to Kanye West
This post was originally shared on KnowledgeWorks’ blog.
I have to admit: There’s a special place in my heart for Kanye West. Maybe it’s my Chicago roots, or maybe it’s the nostalgia that hits me whenever I hear “Stronger” or “Love Lockdown.”
Yes, he’s a little weird and out there. And yes, he says strange things and speaks out of turn sometimes (ahem, Taylor Swift). But every once in a while, he says something that just makes sense.
Yesterday was one of those days.
Kanye took to Twitter to share a story about a friend who makes a decent amount of money but still has trouble affording her son’s education.
Then, he mentions his idol, Steve Jobs.
And then he drops the mic.
Unfortunately, he’s right. During the past 25 years, the median student debt at graduation increased 163 percent, according to the Huffington Post. In the same time frame, the median wage for 20-something college grads increased by less than $700.
This is a big problem.
We launched EducationPlaybook.com to ask presidential candidates to start discussing teaching and learning at a deeper level. We’ve only heard education mentioned a handful of times in the 2016 Presidential Race.
But hey, if Kanye runs in 2020 like he says he’s going to, maybe these tweets are proof that we’ll finally hear some #EdDebate… four years too late.
- Written by Mary Kenkel
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