With over 200 views, our most popular post here on the Paisley is “Why I Hate School But Love Education” by spoken word artist Suli Breaks. The piece left me with a lot of questions that I still think are worth considering. Consequently, I was really excited when someone from what I assume is Break’s management team sent me a link to his follow-up piece “I Will Not Let An Exam Result Decide My Fate”.
Like it’s predecessor, Breaks is once again examining education but this time he questions a system that ignores individuals in favor of test scores. He makes some interesting observations and asks pointed questions. That said, I’m not a fan of the actual video. The added score is distracting and the inter-cuts of people listening to the piece is an obvious attempt to make him a ‘voice of the people’. I don’t think this framing works as successfully as the director may have hoped.
However, I like Breaks’ work – once again, I am left with questions instead of agreement and I like that – so I’m willing to cut some slack. What do you think?