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  • Translator: Joseph Geni Reviewer: Morton Bast

  • At 7:45 a.m., I open the doors to a building

  • dedicated to building, yet only breaks me down.

  • I march down hallways cleaned up after me every day

  • by regular janitors,

  • but I never have the decency to honor their names.

  • Lockers left open like teenage boys' mouths

  • when teenage girls wear clothes that covers

  • their insecurities but exposes everything else.

  • Masculinity mimicked by men who grew up with no fathers,

  • camouflage worn by bullies who are dangerously armed

  • but need hugs.

  • Teachers paid less than what it costs them to be here.

  • Oceans of adolescents come here to receive lessons

  • but never learn to swim,

  • part like the Red Sea when the bell rings.

  • This is a training ground.

  • My high school is Chicago,

  • diverse and segregated on purpose.

  • Social lines are barbed wire.

  • Labels like "Regulars" and "Honors" resonate.

  • I am an Honors but go home with Regular students

  • who are soldiers in territory that owns them.

  • This is a training ground to sort out the Regulars

  • from the Honors, a reoccurring cycle

  • built to recycle the trash of this system.

  • Trained at a young age to capitalize,

  • letters taught now that capitalism raises you

  • but you have to step on someone else to get there.

  • This is a training ground where one group

  • is taught to lead and the other is made to follow.

  • No wonder so many of my people spit bars,

  • because the truth is hard to swallow.

  • The need for degrees has left so many people frozen.

  • Homework is stressful,

  • but when you go home every day and your home is work,

  • you don't want to pick up any assignments.

  • Reading textbooks is stressful,

  • but reading does not matter when you feel

  • your story is already written,

  • either dead or getting booked.

  • Taking tests is stressful,

  • but bubbling in a Scantron does not stop

  • bullets from bursting.

  • I hear education systems are failing,

  • but I believe they're succeeding at what they're built to do --

  • to train you, to keep you on track,

  • to track down an American dream that has failed

  • so many of us all.

  • (Applause)

Translator: Joseph Geni Reviewer: Morton Bast

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【TED】Malcolm London: "High School Training Ground" (Malcolm London: "High School Training Ground")

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    Zenn posted on 2017/08/09
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