I will not let an exam result decide my fate

by James Maberly

Today, on facebook, I was sent a video clip of Suli Breaks giving a verbal chastisement of the exam regime in standard education.

Suli has a history of challenging the status quo in education. He recognises that much of what we are taught at school will not really be of much (if any) use to us in the years that follow. His video challenges the need to have to follow the stereotypical route we have set for us.

His brief at the top of his tumblr blog reads;

“Welcome to the University of Suli Breaks. There are many lessons to be had.

‘Education means inspiring someone's mind, not just filling their head’. - Katie Lusk.

“I will not let an exam result decide my fate”  - Vanity Fair 2009

What is important here is that he is not challenging education per se. Rather, he is saying that we need to re-examine the purpose of education in this new, technological age and review exactly how it should be practised in the future. I think this is a great challenge and the key point here is that it is a young person speaking, a representative of the current youth and those who will be following in years to come.

He advocates a healthy education but by that he means only learning what is relevant to the learner. This is an interesting point as this question arose in the case of the young American ‘genius’, Jacob Barnett. Jacob has surprised the world by having an IQ higher than that of Albert Einstein. It measures 189 on the Wechsler Intelligence scale for Children. Yet at age three, the Special Needs and Education experts were telling his mother that he would never read and that they would do their best to teach him very basic life skills so that he could at least cope, i.e. getting dressed in the morning.