Wyatt Cenac on Education In America

The American education system is no laughing matter to comedian Wyatt Cenac. From teen suicide to the school-to-prison pipeline, these are the issues he is tackling on the second season of Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas on HBO.

Wyatt Cenac on Education In America

Last season, Comedian Wyatt Cenac’s HBO show Problem Areas tackled policing in today's society. Now, he thinks we all should be taking a MUCH deeper look at our schools. Wyatt Cenac thinks education is important —and we need to talk about it before it’s too late. Wyatt Cenac wants to ask you why aren't we having a larger conversation about education and why aren't we holding administrations accountable for something that at the moment doesn't have a national standard?

“Is bullying a big problem? It’s pretty common here, and they think, “Oh, it’s OK. He’ll just be fine. But the truth is it’s really not fine.”

In the wake of so many school shootings this call to do things like arm teachers and put cops in schools and bring in metal detectors and the result of that often has been teachers and administrators either abdicating responsibility or just handing over responsibility passively from education to law enforcement. What might have just been a flare up between two students an argument that turned into pushing and shoving now becomes an assault charge because a cop became involved.

Preventative measures to recognize that many kids are dealing with stressors in their life. Not every kid in U.S. society is going to show up and shoot up a school, but you have things like high rates of teen suicide that you could deal with.Since 2015, funding and resources to districts with high rates of poverty has improved. But Cenac says new approaches towards school safety and the school to prison pipeline must be approached on a larger scale.


05/06/2019 10:00 AMupdated: 06/13/2019 7:54 PM


  • Jim B.
    12/28/2020 09:32

    You people never hold democrats accountable, so you get what you get. Stop attacking the conservatives that are literally giving you what you’re asking for

  • Les A.
    05/12/2019 21:14

  • Korey C.
    05/06/2019 14:53

    But hey..m lets not give these families the right to choose what school their kids go to. Because Orange Man Bad. Morons

  • Brut
    05/06/2019 13:57

    Who's discussing the birds and bees with teens today? Here's the breakdown of sex education in public schools nationwide.

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