16 July 2009

Quote: The E-mail that Made My Day

I finally got around to reading an e-mail today that was awesome. One of my former co-workers is doing Teach for America. Here's a snippet from his e-mail update: 

Segue to Drake, when I said, "Thomas Jefferson is the Kanye West of natural rights because he sampled John Locke," I asked, "Who is Kanye West?" 

The class played dumb and kept to themselves but one girl said, "Why don't you play some Drake? I don't like Kanye." Part of me actually died that moment. 

Another student said, "Oh, ain't he an R&B singer?" 

11:14am EST, Jeffrey Skinner died. The cause was my students don't know about Kanye the rapper. My work is not over yet.

I am quite surprised that his 10th grade students don't know who Kanye West is. I do believe that you've got your work cut out for you Jeff but reading your update is awesomely awesome. 0=)


Taylor said...

Um...I don't know who Kanye West is....

Onigiri23 said...

See, that doesn't surprise me nearly as much though. He's a rapper (not your stereotypical one but a rapper nonetheless) so if you don't listen to that kind of music you wouldn't necessarily know who he is.

Again though, I was surprised that Jeff's 10th graders who are into hip-hop, R&B, etc didn't know who he was. I also feel like most younger people these days will have at least heard of him since he does get a lot of attention from the media.

Moreover in regards to your situation, I think it should be noted that Kanye has become bigger/more popular in recent years so I think the fact that you were out of country for awhile might have something to do with it, too. 0=)