Robyn Gee on Thursday, May. 19th
The end of the school year is almost here, standardized testing is over, and graduation is around the corner. While students might be daydreaming about summer fun, teachers are focused on what next year and the future will look like. Especially in L.A.
In March of this year, Los Angeles Unified School District sent out 5,000 layoff notices to teachers, and voted to turn over 13 district campuses to charter operators, according to KTLA. Two teachers that received layoff notices started rapping anonymously about their concerns about the state of education and producing quality music videos. They call themselves Two Angry Teachers and A Microphone.
Their most recent video is about kids being more than their test scores, challenging policymakers to “step into a class,” or stop trying to reform education by firing teachers and increasing high stakes testing. They describe a scene on testing day, where the pencils are sharpened, the scantrons are sorted, but there aren’t any teachers left to proctor the tests – they’ve all been laid off or fired.
It seems crazy that teachers today feel so targeted by lawmakers that they have to speak their minds anonymously. These teacher rap-stars are clearly talented, creative, and engaging… and their students are losing them.