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Katy Perry Education: Prism Singer 'Learned To Educate' Herself

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Aug 10, 2014 01:08 PM EDT

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Katy Perry was smart enough to re-invent herself from unknown Gospel singer to international pop star.

But in a recent interview with Yahoo!, the Prism songstress revealed that she wishes her educational background—which featured "these really half-Christian, half-education, I-don't-know-what-they-were schools"—was better.

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"I'm kind of bummed at this stage that I didn't have a great education because I could really use that these days," she said.

Perry was on the subject of education thanks to her recent cause "Make Roar Happen," which raises money for teachers through DonorsChoose.org. The $1 million campaign will help fund school supplies for "thousands" of classrooms in cities where Perry's Prismatic World Tour stops.

"I've learned to educate myself at this stage and how to continue my education at any age," she said. "I'm going on 30 and I'm still very thirsty for information. On tour, we go to different museums and get to soak up all kinds of different cultural experiences."

But Perry doesn't want yout to get the impression that all of her teachers were poor.

"There was a teacher named Agatha Danoff who was my vocal teacher and music teacher at the Music Academy of the West," she said. "It was very fancy and I didn't come from any money ... and she always used to give me a break on my lessons," she recalled. "I owe her a lot of credit and I appreciate that she looked out for me when I didn't have enough money to pay."

The singer also recently performed at the White House for the 46th anniversary of the Special Olympics.

"It was an incredible honor and a learning experience," she said. "I was very moved by one girl in particular who came up to me and was telling me that she wanted to be seen not for her obstacle, but she wanted to be seen as a mother that she is, a daughter that she is, a sister - all these other things that she is, not just because she has an obstacle in her life. It was very touching to me ... I felt a sense of purpose and I don't always feel that way."

Last week, Perry dropped the music video for "This Is How We Do" and continued on her international tour that will stretch into spring 2015.

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