No wonder the American school system ranks lower than schools in some third world countries. One school in Mississippi wasted three days teaching middle schoolers about the accomplishments of thug rapper Jay Z.
The children were then tested on their knowledge about Jay-Z’s “resilience" and they were instructed to memorize the lyrics to his song "Big Pimpin".
Of all the people to exemplify as a man of success and wealth, why choose a former crack dealer who still glorifies the gangster lifestyle in his songs?
Sixth graders at Desoto Central Middle School spent three days learning about one of the most successful hip-hop artists and entrepreneurs in the nation. They were also tested on their knowledge about Jay-Z’s “resilience.”
“One of the songs listed on the paper that was brought home was ‘Big Pimpin’,” she told me. “Another song talked about thug life. My child was getting an education about thug life.”
She could not believe that her child was learning about a man who sings songs that degrade women and glorify the thug life.
“When he pulled out the paper in his backpack in the car, I called my husband right then,” she told me. “I was furious. We talked about it until late that night. My husband was about to blow his top.”
She said one school official even chimed in that the rapper owns a professional sports team.
“I asked him what that had to do with anything,” the parent told me. “Let’s talk about somebody that is a success that has done good things – not thug life things.”
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