In this day and age, various global governments, cultures and generations seem to be drilling into our brains the importance of getting an education and excelling in school/college/university working to pass all the exams we need to. But often they can discourage and alienate the "non-educated" people who made their own path and grinded hard in their field to make true successes of themselves without education and exam results dictating what their chosen path will be.
This is part of the explorative bigger picture that social commentator and spoken word artist Suli Breaks is examining in his latest poem "I Will Not Let An Exam Result Decide My Fate". Suli has remarkably built up an extraordinary poetry repertoire of real depth in its subject matter: knife crime (on "R.I.P."), shadeism prejudices in black culture (on "For Colored Girls"), education (on "Why I Hate School But Love Education"), and the battle between a mundane job and the true career we strive for (on "The American'T Dream").
Becoming one of the UK's most sought-after viral poets and achieving well over 3.1 Million YouTube views on his YouTube channel, Suli is fast becoming a poetic prophet speaking the words and thoughts of what we feel or might be too afraid to say encouraging debate and an open intelligent conversation between viewers, bloggers and celebrities about the topics he talks about. He already has some celebrity fans in legendary heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and influential rapper Styles P (The Lox), so they really can't be wrong!
"I Will Not Let An Exam Result Decide My Fate" picks up on the education topic but takes a different stance and angle from "Why I Hate School But Love Education". This poem talks about how we have been made to think about how education and getting university degrees can give us opportunities to have a better chance in making our dream careers a reality. It also touches on how as individuals we are judged and tested by how well we perform on exams, but not all people perform well in exams so why are they made out to feel like they're dumb? The inconsistencies of the education system are really peeled open to reveal a deep problem that needs to be addressed and how society's needs have changed to make this even more apparent.
When it boils down to it, why are we misled into thinking that education is the only way forward for successful means in our work and career lives? We need to open our minds and educate ourselves that exam results aren't the barometer of success and that we can't let them decide our fate. We are in charge of our own destinies.