Teachers’ rap song blasts Education secretary for ‘pimping’ charter schools

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 16:44 EDT
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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 students’ 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:


Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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