Adult Education (song)

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"Adult Education"
Single by Hall & Oates
from the album Rock 'n Soul Part 1
A-side "Adult Education"
B-side "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)"
Released February 18, 1984
Recorded September 1983
Genre Rock
Length 5:23 (album version)
4:33 (greatest hits version)
3:59 (radio edit)
Label RCA
Hall & Oates singles chronology
"Say It Isn't So"
"Adult Education"
"Out of Touch"

"Adult Education" is a song by the American duo Hall & Oates, featured on their second compilation album, Rock 'n Soul Part 1 (1983). It was one of two new tracks that were recorded specifically for the compilation album and was released as the second single from the album in February 18, 1984.

The song received critical acclaim from contemporary music critics, most of them cited the song as one of the duo's defining moments and best works. The song also was a commercial success, where it hit number eight on the Billboard Hot 100. This song was featured in 2013 video game, Grand Theft Auto V.


The song centers on the plight of a teenage girl in high school. Her girlfriends only "care about what she wears" and the narrator assures her "there's life after high school." The lyrics suggest she is wiser than her years and, in fact, is receiving an education to the behavior of adults in high school.[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video to "Adult Education", directed by Tim Pope, takes place in what appears to be a torchlit stone temple or tomb. As Hall & Oates and their band sing, dance and play with modified instruments and ceremonial objects, a middle-aged man in a baseball cap organizes and wields several idols, while chanting. A teenage boy wearing a loincloth and a teenage girl draped in a white sheet cross a platform illuminated with modern lights and ascend a staircase to meet the man, who appears to bless them with an animal idol. The girl removes the sheet from her head and part of her body and the ritual continues. Eventually, both teenagers are placed on stone slabs; the boy acts terrified and appears to be restrained, while the girl lies motionless, her body draped in the white sheet. The video ends with the boy standing behind the idols' altar and the girl sitting on the stone slab in front of it, as Hall & Oates and their band continue to sing, dance and play instruments in the background. The final shots of the video are of hieroglyphs and ceremonial items scattered around the structure.

Chart positions[edit]

Charts (1984) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[2] 9
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 18
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[3] 7
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 63
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 8
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 21

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sexism and Cultural Lag: The Rise of the Jailbait Song, 1955‐1985.JR Huffman. The Journal of Popular Culture 1987.Wiley Online Library
  2. ^ " – Daryl Hall / John Oates – Adult Education" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  3. ^ " – Daryl Hall / John Oates – Adult Education" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.