Is Beyonce Headed Back to School?

by Britni Danielle

Yesterday, Beyonce was spotted by the photogs,  notebook in hand, heading into New York’s Alternative Education Complex, which offers continuing education courses for adults. Although many speculated if she was finishing up her G.E.D. (she already has a HS diploma), others wondered if this might mean the singer has decided to polish up her resume with a few education courses.

While it’s unknown why she was there–she could have been speaking to students or the staff about her hubby’s Shawn Carter Foundation–the fact that Beyonce may be thinking about continuing her education could potentially be a very big deal.

Like so many others in our country, Bey didn’t go to college. Of course, she opted-out because of her career, but I’m sure some of her fans chose to skip college, or even high school, because they just weren’t motivated.

Keeping young people in school is one of the main focuses of our nation (or should be). Imagine what kind of influence Beyonce could wield over those thinking about dropping out and pursing other things. If she became an advocate for staying in school I’m sure she could change a few minds and perhaps make school actually cool again.

What do you think? 

 

  • Dreaming

    If she has a high school diploma, why would she try to obtain a GED as well?

    For some reason, I have a strong sense of doubt that she would even have time to do any studies.

  • Mariah

    Well, if she is going back to school good for her. Go matriculate, Bey! I like those leggings by the way.

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

    Aww, that’s so sweet, Bey is finally learning to read. You go, Beyonce!

    (hides from Bey stans)

  • http://roslynholcomb.wordpress.com Roslyn Hardy Holcomb

    The GED is for people who don’t have a high school diploma. I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that she didn’t graduate high school, but I could be wrong. Either way, I think it would be beyond awesome for someone with her high profile to return to school. We have a drop out crisis in this country with drop out rates of higher than 50% in some areas. A lot of young girls admire and try to emulate her, so this could only be a good thing. Good on her for making the (alleged) effort.

  • Dreaming

    Ha! You’re funny.

  • http://roslynholcomb.wordpress.com Roslyn Hardy Holcomb

    And if she is in fact taking classes we can assume that she wanted it known. There are plenty of online programs where one can study for their GED/high school diploma in the privacy of one’s own home. And obviously, a woman of her wealth can hire someone to give her individual tutoring, there was no reason for her to be seen publicly. And if this is the case, I say again, good on her. There’s no downside to aANYONE fyrthering their education.

  • Kay

    She should take a course on Black feminist thought…she can reflect on her position in the patriarcy throughout her essays loll. LOVE YOU BEY!

  • libby

    I wonder if this has anything to do with the 5th grade letter she wrote on her blog to the First Lady?

  • I got sense!

    “Imagine what kind of influence Beyonce could wield over those thinking about dropping out and pursing other things. If she became an advocate for staying in school I’m sure she could change a few minds and perhaps make school actually cool again”.

    This is the dumbest thing I have ever read. It doesn’t matter if beyonce goes back to school or encourages kids to stay in school or not. They drop out because their parents don’t encourage them and they live in neighborhoods that don’t put a strong emphasis on education. Then you have the ones who just weren’t cut out for school. *Gasp* yea, I said that. At the end of the day, everyone can’t be a CEO, on Forebes lists, or racking in $100K per year. Not because they don’t have the ability and intelligence but because they don’t have the desire, work ethic, or determination to make the sacrifices required to achieve such things. Some people will and some won’t. It’s time we stop wasting tax payers money on kids who don’t give a dayum and focus it on the kids that do and are putting forth a real effort.

  • Bee

    Lol! I heart you. :)

  • chanela

    What would the point of beyonce going to college when she already makes 5 times more money than people who have like 2 different degrees ? (yeah i said it). the goal of college is to get a “better job”(Aka voluntary enslavement) and make money to live comfortably. she has traveled the world since she was 15,people love her in every country,and she makes millions with her husband people with a psychology degree can’t say that. proves you don’t need college to be successful in life. bill gates didn’t finish college and look at him.just sayin. she isn’t missing out on anything.

  • swissmiss261

    OH MY GOSH I was just about to say the same thing!!! I thought I was the only one who read this and thought…really? That’s all you could put together to express words of gratitude to our FLOTUS!!

  • girlformerlyknownasgrace

    Really think people are just jumping the gun on this one. She is probably just scouting out a location for a photo-op or music video shoot or something.

  • Krysie

    I thought the same thing. Clearly, the author does not know that a high school diploma is equivalent to a GED!!!

  • JoJo

    “What would the point of beyonce going to college when she already makes 5 times more money than people who have like 2 different degrees ? (yeah i said it). the goal of college is to get a “better job”(Aka voluntary enslavement) and make money to live comfortably.”

    Girl, you aint neva eva lied because I’m one those people with two degrees (still don’t know wtf I was thinking when I did that) with a “voluntary enslavement” job and a depleting bank account. LOL

  • marais morris

    i, too, was very embarrassed at the low level of education that produced such an infantile letter to the FLOTUS that i had to mention it in the comments following the newly announced jay-z college scholarships. i am glad, though, that many others noticed this about beyonce because this new article might mean that beyonce might be going back to school to take some much needed diction and grammar courses. and, although i felt a little bad about having written about her apparent lack of “schooling”, after reading this new article where it seems that she might be considering going back to school, i am glad that some good might have come out of all the comments.

  • http://www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir got dollars

    I got sense They drop out because their parents don’t encourage them and they live in neighborhoods that don’t put a strong emphasis on education

    This^^^ is very true put there is some truth in what the author wrote. Wasn’t there a study that mentioned that Blk college matriculation rates increased as a result of the show A Different World. If I see young men who cover there faces with tats like Lil Wayne why is so far fetched to believe that some young kid will go back to school to be like Beyonce?

  • marais morris

    there is a poem by alexander pope which says in part” a LITTLE learning is a dangerous thing….” money is not the only reason people need to study and read. sure, bill gates did not FINISH college but that does not mean he did not do well on his SAT’s and does not mean that he has not continued to read and grow intellectually. if one studies only to earn money, that is not called being educated; it is, in fact, called being trained. beyonce comes on numerous talk shows and embarrasses herself. she has an extremely limited vocabulary, has read so very little that she has very little to say and does not seem to be able to “keep up”. sorry to say, but she is not witty, does not come up with memorable remarks, and just seems a bit dim witted. so it does not matter if she has ALL the money in the world. if a person is thought to be “dumb”, what does it matter if they are known as “dumb and rich”. dumb is dumb and people laugh behind your back when you just don’t get the joke,or when you just don’t know what they are talking about, or when you just haven’t read the book they are discussing, lil kim made more money than most teachers in her heyday, but so what?

  • http://www.pinkpantiesandleopardlipstick.wordpress.com Myisha of Pink Panties & Leopard Lipstick

    I could be wrong, but I have a hard time believing she doesn’t have a hs diploma. Obviously she didnt get it the traditional way, but rather through tutors/home schooling and such. If she is striving for higher education, I think thats fantastic! What good look that would be to some of her fans who have dropped out or is thinking about it. It also shows that its never to late to go back… I’m a big education advocate, so go her!!! (If this is true anyway, lol)

  • I got sense!

    “If I see young men who cover there faces with tats like Lil Wayne why is so far fetched to believe that some young kid will go back to school to be like Beyonce?”

    There are several things wrong with this:

    (a) It’s much easier to get a tatoo than to go to school.
    (b) Lil Wayne has set the bar pretty low so again, it much easier to emulate him than let’s say Barack or Michelle Obama
    (c) Speak of the first family, I sincerely hoped that the arrival of the first black family would send blacks to school in droves, violence would decrease dramatically, and high school drop out rates would decrease for the black community, however, that hasn’t happened. So if the first Black Family to ever live in the white house couldn’t do it why the hell would Beyonce be able to?

    Are people getting married first and then having kids like she did? Is that what’s hot in the streets? Nope, because when an article started circling the net about Bey and Jay “doing it the right way” people went H.A.M. Defending their right to do whatever however. And you know what they are absolutely right. Everyone CAN do whatever they want but it doesn’t mean they SHOULD. People really need to get over themselves and do what’s best for the community, especially women. Otherwise don’t get offended when a white person points out how horrible the statistics are for blacks in just about every area (I may be mistaken, if you know of one area that blacks are doing the best, please let me know). Don’t get mad when people have preconceived notions based on statistical data which indicates high number of probability.

  • http://www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir

    People really need to get over themselves and do what’s best for the community, especially women

    I agree with this 100%.

    As for the rest I see what you’re saying but don’t discount the fact that Beyonce’s waiting until after marriage to have a child might have influenced a few grls in the hood to wait.

  • chanela

    Okay well for a better vocabulary you would read grammar books and just books in general. you don’t need a degree to sound intellectual. i mean i’m 100% for college if you want to be a doctor,psychiatrist,lawyer,social worker or whatever….but to be a world famous singer? why would you need a degree for that? she is living a great life that isn’t in somebody’s cubical while feeling miserable as hell until retirement (age 65). as long as she keeps reading books and learning vocabulary and grammar on her own the problem?

  • apple

    Chanela took the words out my mouth. People may laugh at her dumb words all they want and while she’s on her boat going to the Bahamas she will laugh at you slaving yourself to make ends meet

  • I got sense!

    “As for the rest I see what you’re saying but don’t discount the fact that Beyonce’s waiting until after marriage to have a child might have influenced a few grls in the hood to wait.”

    I don’t discount celebrities influence on society nor do I feel that Beyonce will not inspire someone to do better. She has inspired me and I have two degrees already. BUT I don’t give a damn about a FEW when 70% of black babies are born to single parents. Don’t give two shits about a couple of people staying in or back to school when the drop out rate is more than 50% in most areas 70% in some urban areas for black males. A few is not enough at this point. We need mass movement in the right direction.

  • Yoyo

    Thank you Chanela!!! So many people have book sense and absolutely no common sense. This girl wrote a friendly letter to the first lady, it wasn’t like she was writing a business letter or a proposal of some sort, just a simple letter expressing her thoughts and ppl want to find something to make her look bad. This girl is living the life that most of us can only imagine!! If she goes back to school to finish her education that is wonderful and another accomplishment under her belt. Please with all that negative, hateraid people are spewing, remember she is laughing all the way to the bank!!!

  • I got sense!

    Just out of curiosity what made her note so horrible? It was intimate and concise. I have two degrees and didn’t see anything wrong with it. I can’t say that a letter that I would write (if I actually knew her like Bey does) wouldn’t be the same (sans the daughter part). I’ve written countless papers and a thesis. Did you expect it to be like a letter of intent to a college or did she just not use enough 4 syllable words? Idk, I will read it again. Also, she has a HS diploma already. Ya’ll know people make up ish to have something to put in the “news”, lol.

  • http://www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir

    A few is not enough at this point. We need mass movement in the right direction.

    All I can say is that I agree but how do we get this movement moving. It will be impossible to be movement going in the same style that we had in the 60′s. Leaders will be ripped apart in the media before we can even get things moving.

    Or do we do this on an indiviual level? Women stop giving brothers with their pants hanging off the butts the time of day. Men stop sleeping with women you don’t want to marry.

  • I got sense!

    @chanela

    What would the point of beyonce going to college when she already makes 5 times more money than people who have like 2 different degrees ? (yeah i said it). the goal of college is to get a “better job”(Aka voluntary enslavement) and make money to live comfortably. she has traveled the world since she was 15,people love her in every country,and she makes millions with her husband people with a psychology degree can’t say that. proves you don’t need college to be successful in life. bill gates didn’t finish college and look at him.just sayin. she isn’t missing out on anything.

    Wow, Oprah went back to college AFTER she had billions. She didn’t need to make more money or go into “voluntary enslavement”. She had a goal and wanted to do it. Even though this is not true, if Bey did want to go to school it could just be for her own personal goals. Most people have things they want to accomplish before they pass and if getting a degree was one of her goals why is that so horrible?

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    Ms.Info & iQgraphics,

    Your forte! I ain’t touching this one.

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    *waving madly*

    hey Val!!!

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

    *waves back*

    Hi, African Mami!!

  • Kristen

    After reading that letter she wrote to (about?) Michelle Obama, I would say a few continuing education classes are in order. So if she is in fact going for it, I salute her with both hands! Go, Bey! :)

  • vivian fowler

    like seriousily would bey be going to school dressed in leggins n em trainers n I agree with girlformelyknownasgrace she probably must be scouting for something definately not a school n em if it is a school well thumbs up i like ur leta to michelle obama

  • vivian fowler

    did anyone notice wat she wore to “school”

  • Corey

    HA! HA! You are right a GED is equivalent to a high school diploma. Maybe the writer is confusing GED with GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) the exam for admissions to Graduate school to earn a Master’s degree. He probably cannot believe she does not have a high school diploma. LOL!!!!

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