2Pac Speaks on Education in First Ever Interview

2pac thinking like a real man
I was surprised to find that there wasn’t a transcript online of Tupac’s thoughts on education from the enlightening interview he did when he was 17. Below I have done my best to transcribe the segment where he speaks on education, but don’t even read it just watch the whole video which is embedded here:

2Pac Education Quotes – The Interview Video

2Pac on Eduction Quotes from his interview at age 17

WARNING: I am still updating and correcting, so the transcription below likely contain errors and omissions.
Bold added to draw attention to some lines, not to add emphasis…also remember that he was 17 when he did this, before he was a rapper. And this was his first time on camera, so there’s obviously some stutters and signs of his age.

Well…I hope that I don’t get in trouble, but um. School is, I think that we got so caught up in school being a tradition that we stopped using it as a learning tool, which it should be. Up to this day. I mean school should be, I think there should be a different cirriculum in each and every like neighborhood you know. Because I’m going to Tamalpais High and I’m learning about the basics, but they’re not basic for me, you know.

They’re not, to get us ready for todays world. They’re not, that’s not helping. It’s just what they took, so that’s what we’re gonna take. So that’s why the streets have taught me. And um. 2pac on education
But school is really important. Reading, writing, arithmetic. But I think after you learn reading, writing, arithmetic, that’s it. But what they tend to is teach you reading, writing, and arithmetic then teach you reading, writing, and arithmetic again then again then again, just make it harder and harder, just to keep you busy. And that’s where I think they messed up.

There should be a class on drugs. There should be a class on sex education, a real sex education class. Not just pictures and diaphrams and unlogical terms and things like that. There should be a drug class, there should be sex education, there should be a class on scams, there should be a class on religious cult, there should be a class on police brutality, there should be a class on aparthy, there should be on racism in america, there should be a class on why people are hungry, but there not, there’s class on gym, you know, physical education, let’s learn volleyball. because one day…you know…there’s classes like algebra where I’ve yet to go to a store and gone xy+2 and give me my my change back thank you. I think you can let me out, I’ve lived alone by myself. And the things that helped me were the things I learned from my mother, from the streets.

Reading has helped me, I mean, schools taught me reading, which is, I love. Reading, writing and arithmetic, that’s it. Like foreign languages, I think they’re important, but I don’t think they should be required. Because…actually they should be teaching you English. And then teaching you how to understand double-talk, politicians double-talk. Not teaching you how to understand French, and Spanish and German. When am I going to Germany! I can’t afford rent in America. How am I going to Germany. This is what I mean by the basics aren’t the basics for me.

And I think is should be like college you can go and take the classes that you want. I think that Elementary school should be that way. Where they give you the classes you take, for the basics. And then Junior High School and High School should be the classes that you need to, in order to choose your path.

{off screen questions}

It’s just a place you go during the day to keep you busy while they’re at work…

We’re not being taught to deal with the world as is it is. We’re being taught to deal with this fairy land that we’re not even living in anymore. And it’s sad. Because it’s me telling you. And it should not be me telling you.

  1. I have never seen this interview, Its really interesting. 2Pac was an awesome guy.
    This is part was interesting “I think that we got so caught up in school being a tradition that we stopped using it as a learning tool”

  2. Please change “there” to “they’re.” It’s an article about education so I think correct spelling seems to be in order. Not trying to be a grammar nazi but it does take away from the credibility of the article a little bit.

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