School Textbook Calls Founders 'Old Dead White Men'
Race; Posted on: 2010-10-06 18:03:58 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
Home schooling looks better and better.
Concern over a new hip-hop curriculum that refers to the founding
fathers as "old dead white men" has delayed the program's rollout for
at-risk students, Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Karl
"We're making sure that whatever we do, first, we do no harm," Springer
said. "The science behind the concept is wonderful. There may be some
things, though, that are inappropriate that we need to be careful
Known as Flocabulary, the program is a music-based educational tool that
uses raps, rhythms and rhymes to help students learn and memorize
everything from vocabulary and English to math and social studies.
About 15 teachers have complained or expressed concern about the rap
song lyrics, said Ed Allen, president of the Oklahoma City American
Federation of Teachers.
"I just don't think we were real careful where we deployed it," Allen
said. "Not all parts of it are real affective for the more troubled
It is the U.S. history curriculum that has raised concern.
One of the rap songs — "Old Dead White Men" — chronicles the shortcomings of the early leaders in the United States.
News Source: fox nation