Posts Tagged ‘Men of Color and Education’

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John Legend vs Teachers

March 4, 2010

“Men of Color and Education: A Discussion on the Pursuit of Excellence,” a special event on behalf of Teach For America’s Community Speaker Series. The two-hour discussion, moderated by David Banks, a prominent educator and founder of the Eagle Academy Foundation in New York, took on the air of a hip Town Hall. In front of a capacity crowd, made up of mostly African-American and Latinos who ranged in age from grade-school kids to people who looked old enough to be the grandparents of grade-school kids, the evening of dialogue about the issues facing today’s education system were discussed at an exhaustive clip.”

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“Legend, a pianist, R&B balladeer and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, dubbed himself “the wonk” of the panel. He held firm to his belief in the standardized testing system currently in place, even in the midst of a smattering of boos from the audience. On the accountability issue, he came down hard on teachers, saying there needs to be better teachers in every classroom, and if they’re not good, “kick ‘em out”–a gutsy statement considering a large part of the audience was made up of teachers and educators.

As the night went on, Legend, seemingly aware he had made himself out to be the panel’s bad guy, said half-jokingly, “I guess I’m the only who says the unpopular things today, but I still make nice songs.” He also, at one heated point in the conversation, even cursed.”

source WSJ