DailyMail- arents in Newton County, Georgia, have complained to the local school board after noticing that their fourth-grade son’s homework assignment included the phrase Po Pimp.
The reference was in relation to a 1996 hip hop hit of the same name by the group Do or Die that also featured rapper Twista and R&B singer Johnny P.
Father Scott Tolleson told the Newton County School Board this week that he and his wife were shocked by the reference and upset after the son asked them to explain it.
You know why there is only one set of parents complaining about the name of a rap song on their child's assignment? Because a majority of parents are busy raising their kids. How do you explain what 'Po Pimp' means to a 4th grader? I don't know, check out Rap Genius maybe? Should have considered that before you went raw dog. So your kid now knows what a pimp is. He was bound to find out eventually. Most likely in a far less constructive way. He's probably about 3 years from getting blown in a bathroom stall while he's smoking a joint at school.. You better get used to uncomfortable conversations now. They are about to become as commonplace as you tucking your shirt into your jeans.
Bet your ass I was bumping Coolio's debut album at the ripe age of nine. I wasn't raised in a gangsta's paradise, I didn't grow seeing myself inside the pistol smoke. That's not the point. I probably didn't understand half the song titles on that album, but I was still able to enjoy it. I didn't question it, my parents didn't question it, I still turned out all right. Maybe stop instilling such a sense of curiosity in your child if you don't want to answer questions. It's not the teachers fault your kid can't relate to a genre of music that happens to be very popular among kids his age. You can't just throw out a "Billy paints a house in 3 hours, Mary paints it in two, how long will it take them to do it together?" anymore. A classroom of kids has the attention span of a school of goldfish these days. Shit, 90% of the population under the age of 14 has ADHD. I would think a teacher relating to their students' interests would be a positive way to offset their inability to pay attention. I would be fucking psyched if my teacher was talking about the disloyalty of hoes and making it rain.
For someone who seems very concerned about his child's education, he is certainly pretty involved in reading over every single word of his homework assignment for him.` How about you let your 4th grader do his own damn homework. He seems to be doing a good enough job on his own. As outlandish an example as a Twista song from 1996 is, he still got the question right. Seems to me that's a positive reflection on the same teacher that you are criticizing. I don't know what Dad thinks kids these days are talking about at school, but I think he would be pretty surprised to learn it's not Tonka trucks and Barbie dolls. With the way society is trending I would think that a little pimp and hoe dialogue is pretty mild.
P.S. Should we really be questioning the educational relevance of Twista's music? Can you solve a rubix cube? That's what I thought. A rubix cube chain is an undeniable sign of intelligence.