DJ IZ: How Our Educational System Works

You know, one of the things that was interesting to me, that I personally experienced, okay, now we’re talking traditional teacher and the difference between the real world and that classroom. I come in, and I come in to just help. By no means do I come in to help you teach your classroom, I just come in and be a fly on the wall. This was when I was visiting a traditional school. I go to the music room, vibe out, check it out, teacher comes to me, “Hey, yeah. You know, what are you doing?”

“I’m just here, you know, office principal thought I’d be cool to come just check out how you do things here, and see how it’s going here in the classroom, with the music and stuff, and I just came to chill out.”

“Oh, okay. What do you do?”

“I’m a songwriter, you know, songwriter, producer, music, musician.”

“Oh, cool. Do you read?”

“No, no sir. I wish I did. I don’t read.”

“Well, I don’t see how you could help me here if you don’t read.”

“Well, I’m not here to help you teach your classroom. I’m just here to see how you do your thing, and how your information’s being shared, and just kind of…”

“Yeah, well, I mean, like I said, I don’t see how you can help me if you can’t read. You know, all my students read.”

I said, “Man, [clapping] that’s great. Well done.”

I said, “Well, what’s interesting to me, now that you seem to be stuck on that, you know, Paul McCartney doesn’t read either, right? You know, Stevie Wonder definitely don’t read. I don’t know, what’s your conversation in that? What would your conversation be now?”

“The difference is,” I said, “Now, the book that you teach from, somebody wrote that music.”

I said, “Now, for me, it’s the same. I make the music that gets put in those books.”

I said, “Now, the difference is some of us do have a God-given ability. You can’t go to school for it, you can’t be taught it, it’s just something that the creator gives you, but I can look at you and say, man, it’s probably been tough, right, because you had to go to school for this. You had to learn it. You had to acquire the information to be able to articulate that, and I take my hat off to you. I wish I could read, but doesn’t mean I can’t inspire a kid. Music isn’t exclusive to anybody, and that’s the truth.”

But that’s the difference between going through the institutional process, versus somebody who just has it.



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