High School Teacher Suspended for Handing out Blue Scholar Lyrics

Written by Rizoh. Posted in WTF

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Published on September 10, 2010 with 6 Comments

A high school teacher in Spokane, Washington has been placed on paid leave for handing out the lyrics to Blue Scholars’ “Commencement Day” on the first day of school. The song is about the hardships of students and teachers. Isn’t that something high school kids should be discussing anyway? (Sample lyrics: “12 years in the making/Anybody who’s doubted you is sadly mistaken.”) It’s not like he handed out the lyrics to “Bruh Bruh.” Now that’s a punishable offense.

Check out the lyrics to Blue Scholars’ “Commencement Day” and decide for yourself if it’s worth the hoopla.

To the graduating class of two thousand whatever,
Congratulations past due, you deserve better,
Looking dapper in a cap and a gown,
You got fam snappin flicks, clappin loud in the back of the crowd.
Now the band playin Martin Circumstance got you amped feelin like a champ,
Class is out of session at last.
You’ve been patiently waiting,
12 years in the making,
Anybody who has doubted you is sadly mistaken,
With the paper with your name in old English for the taking,
So moms can bring it home and frame it and display it,
With the grade point average hanging over head,
Brother sister please don’t believe the bullshit they said.
Fuck the pledge of allegiance and arrogant teachers
But peace to the people who don’t ever preach in the front of a classroom
All day long, planting seeds of revolution,
We dedicate this song.

It goes one for the student who refuses to submit
And two for the teachers who are underpaid as shit
It’s the next generation of miseducated youth
Who demonstrate the truth and manage to make it through
It goes three for the strikes giving young bloods life
And four for the years you spent stifled inside
It’s the next generation of miseducated youth-next time ask em for proof.

Now to the knuckleheads clowin in the back of the class
To the teacher’s pet monkey in the front kissin ass
But most of all everyone else who sat between em
And questioned all the falsehoods the teachers believe in.
Up in hallways herded and locker territorialiasm up in assemblies
Nobody would listen, instead, rocked the mixed tape
And walkman to street with the headphones threaded from the pocket through the sleeve.
You received education through the music you heard,
Cafeteria tables enabled beats to occur,
Where students separated in cliques
The State of the Nation manifested up in high school politics.
History repeated, you repeat it to regurgitate.
Slave ownin, dead white men,
Folks you know they made curriculums to make obedient drones.
Bring your paper but please your lyrics at home.

It goes one for the student who refuses to submit
And two for the teachers who are underpaid as shit
It’s the next generation of miseducated youth
Who demonstrate the truth and manage to make it through
It goes three for the strikes giving young bloods life
And four for the years you spent stifled inside
It’s the next generation of miseducated youth-next time ask em for proof.

Hey yo we made it,
45 caliber proof,
And the teachers don’t believe that you can handle the truth
But the truth is these suits can’t stand it when youth
Begin to question the conditions and backwards traditions
As you recognize the threshold of negative stress
The crossroad between complete failure and success,
It’s so necessary you pay attention in class
Never tell you the conditions in which to apply to math
Only 65% of your peers freshman year are still here
And half that total will move on
But three out of four will drop out in two years
Add it up and it equals some shit has gone wrong
Now the snakes gave the education budget roll back
No child left behind is just a backboard draft
As you stand at the summit future facin the wind
Now it’s time to let your true education to begin

It goes one for the student who refuses to submit
And two for the teachers who are underpaid as shit
It’s the next generation of miseducated youth
Who demonstrate the truth and manage to make it through
It goes three for the strikes giving young bloods life
And four for the years you spent stifled inside
It’s the next generation of miseducated youth-next time ask em for proof

[Source: KREM]

TRU

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  1. I can easily see why the teacher was sent on paid leave for these lyrics. As much as we like to claim America is “post-racial” she is anything but…

  2. pomp and circumstance*

  3. man i love these hip hop duo they’re like underdogs of hip hop, sabzi can deliver a sick flow, with beautiful lyrics. I’m sadden that something like this has to happen man the teachers just being real with theyir students.

  4. loved the intro btw..someone in the back says (Why we making these songs man, no ones gunna change…maybe one will) haha both funny and sad

  5. i ment geologic***

  6. We can’t educate the youth on the realities of life, rather, we must educate them on the generic material that is not relevant to the youth that is being taught this material? I have respect for this teacher, he has sparked an idea in these kids’ minds that i think will help them open their eyes to some hidden truths.
    Blue Scholars spit nothing but the truth as well and have genial lyrics!

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