A rap song created by a duo calling themselves “Two Teachers and a Microphone” slaps down U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for failing to acknowledge poverty and inequality, and accuses him of “pimping out Pearson and private charters.”
The $4.35 billion Race to the Top competitive grant program initiated by Duncan has been criticized for encouraging states to evaluate teachers by their studentsâ€™ test scores, which are skewed by socioeconomic conditions. It has also been accused of encouraging states to provide assistance to charter schools at the expense of public schools.
“Get up a get get a get down, Race to the Top is a joke in your town,” the song goes, in reference to a song by the rap group Public Enemy.
“I said it before y’all, I’ll say it again, this man ain’t no teacher just the president’s friend.”
The duo behind “Two Teachers and a Microphone” said they teach in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Watch video, uploaded to YouTube on August 23, 2011, below: