Chicago Teacher Let Go After Lesson on Controversial Rapper Chief Keef
A substitute music teacher stirred up controversy at an elementary school Chicago after she included a lesson on a controversial rap star from the area.
ABC 7 Chicago reports that sixth graders at Fiske Elementary School were exposed to the music and lyrics of hardcore rapper Chief Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart. The lessons occurred during a music class run by a substitute teacher.
“If you were a sub, you were supposed to take on whatever assignment the regular teacher was given, not what you wanted to give them,” said one parent.
Another argued that the assignment “basically [taught] children, ok, well you can go out there and get you some guns.”
“This inappropriate project was immediately suspended by the principal as soon as she learned about it,” explained a CPS spokesperson. “While teachers have flexibility in making assignments, CPS requires them to provide age-appropriate material in the classroom.”
Keef has been in and out of prison several times, and his hardcore lyrics about drugs, violence, women and Chicago street life have earned him a large following in the city. Despite his young age of 20, he has long been known in music as a protege of Kanye West‘s.
A local Chicago hip hop blog, Fake Shore Drive, suggested most sixth graders in the area know about Keef, and that his life story could be a teachable moment if handled appropriately. However, since a portion of the lesson quizzed students on Keef’s criminal charges, the blog’s creator told ABC 7 Chicago it all was “ridiculous.”
Questions on the quiz included, “Where was [Chief Keef] placed on house arrest?” and the always popular “At what age did he stop attending school?”.
For an example of Keef’s music, watch the music video for “Sosa Chamberlain” here.
Check out the clip above, via ABC 7 Chicago.