Chief Keef is definitely an artist that deserves to be discussed, but is an elementary school classroom an appropriate place for such discussion? A substitute teacher at Fiske Elementary School in Chicago learned the hard way that the answer is no. On Tuesday, Chicago Public Schools announced that that sub has served her last day in the absence of the regular music teacher after giving students lessons about the drill music pioneer.
Parents reportedly don’t like (get it?) what the substitute tried with their children. Mother Shawnta Powell said, “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.”
“With this assignment you’re basically teaching children, ok, well you can go out there and get you some guns,” criticized Katrina Sanders, another parent of a Fiske student. “We already know children are exposed to a lot of things, but with this type of work and a young man that has a rap history, that’s a bit much for a sixth grader,”
A spokeswoman for CPS told ABC7, “This inappropriate project was immediately suspended by the principal as soon as she learned about it. While teachers have flexibility in making assignments, CPS requires them to provide age-appropriate material in the classroom.”
Maybe the sub thought that she was making music class more relatable for young Chicago kids who probably look up to Keef. Nevertheless, the content of his music is never going to be seen as suitable for children, especially in an elementary school setting. Though the kids may love Sosa, it is evident that authority figures do not.
A copy of an assignment the kids were given can be viewed below.