Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

The Teacher’s Responsibility.

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I volunteer at an elementary school where I help at-risk youth. On one of my visits there, one of the little boys started to rap an inappropriate song by the rapper Plies titled “Becky”.  For those that don’t know, Becky is in reference to a girl performing oral sex on  guy.  When the little boy started singing this to some of the girls in the class, they were telling him that he was nasty and to stop singing the song. I asked him to stop too, but the teacher just looked on with a perplexed look on her face.  So, this is my question. Should the teacher be aware of inappropriate songs that the children may be listening to, or is this something that is just beyond their control?


Written by Antoinette Lester

December 5, 2009 at 6:12 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I think the teacher should have told the child that the song he was singing was inappropriate and that he was being disruptive at the moment. The teacher may have also thought that if they address such concern than the child may question why it is inappropriate and then they would have to further explain or adequately answer the question.


    December 5, 2009 at 7:52 pm

  2. I don’t think the teacher knew what the song was about. I also think that it isn’t the teachers responsibility on top of educating and making sure the kids behave to look into all the inappropriate pop-culture of today. If it was blatantly inappropriate then, yes she should have stopped him. But I don’t think it’s her responsibility to keep up with music.


    December 5, 2009 at 8:19 pm

  3. The teacher should have immediately punished the child and notify the parents what he was saying in class. By doing so, the child may learn that his actions were wrong.


    December 5, 2009 at 11:40 pm

  4. Even if the teacher didn’t know what the lyrics meant, she should have still instructed the child to stop due to the reaction and response of the girls. When I was younger, if I had been told by a teacher to stop singing, I would have been furious at the fact that someone is telling me what to do. But as I’ve matured I realize the importance of manners and respect, and the young boy doesn’t realize it now, but teacher would only be benefiting him in the long run by showing him what the right thing to do is.


    December 6, 2009 at 2:33 am

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