Jay Z is just having his name and his past thrown around and commented on by everybody these days. First it was Chris Brown, now it’s parents from a school in Southaven, Miss. They’re outraged that for some reason, their kids are learning about the rapper-turned-mogul and not math, science–or whatever sixth graders are supposed to be reading up on. Sorry, I haven’t been out of the school game for a while so that’s all I’ve got for proper junior high subjects…
Anywho, after contacting Desoto Central Middle School and basically feeling blown off, the mother of one child in a sixth-grade class reached out to Fox News to share their rage about the whole situation. As the mother, who didn’t want to be named, put it, they are Conservative folks, and the whole situation “really makes me want to either send him to a private school or home school.” Yeah, it’s that deep.
As the story goes according to Fox News, students spent three days learning about the rapper, and were even tested on him and his “resilience.” According to the mother:
“One of the songs listed on the paper that was brought home was ‘Big Pimpin’. Another song talked about thug life. My child was getting an education about thug life.”
When the mother called the school, she was basically told that she was overreacting because the point of the assignment was to show Jay’s road to success.
“I asked him what that had to do with anything. Let’s talk about somebody that is a success that has done good things – not thug life things.”
Her husband was so bothered that he went as far as to write a full letter to the school. Here’s a short excerpt from it.
“The page sent home was an eye-opener and I refuse to have my son subjected to today’s version on what should be accepted as okay and normal without knowing the facts.
The facts are this page represented this thug in a positive way and calls him successful. Success to me doesn’t mean demeaning women, glorifying drugs and violence and flaunting money. Success should be about living decent and having respect for themselves and others.”
While some would say the parents are over-exaggerating (though the constant use of “thug” is making me a little uncomfortable), there are definitely a wealth of successful people who didn’t come from money and had to face major adversities to get where they are now. I don’t know if, as a teacher, Jay Z would have been the first I would have picked, even if my students could relate to him easier. But that’s just me. What do you think?