Though the violence in Chicago often makes front page news, the circumstances that potentially influence it are often not discussed; chiefly among them, education — or, in the case of one high school, the lack thereof.
Today, World-Star Hip-Hop, known primarily for posting violent encounters and extremely profane footage, discovered a diamond in the rough. A young student from Chicago’s South Shore, obviously fed up with her music instructor not teaching the class, loudly and aggressively demands that he provide “something [she] didn’t come in with, an education.”
The girl refuses to sit down or leave the class when the teacher tells her to do so; instead she gets even louder, reminding him that teachers went on strike for money and now “[they] don’t want to teach.”
With an average salary of $76,000, Chicago teachers are among the highest-paid in the nation, and the contract outline calls for annual raises. But some teachers are upset it did not restore a 4 percent raise Emanuel rescinded last year.
Emanuel pushed for a contract that includes ratcheting up the percentage of evaluations based on student performance, to 35 percent within four years. The union contends that does not take into account outside factors that affect student performance such as poverty and violence.
The union pushed for a policy to give laid-off teachers first dibs on open jobs anywhere in the district, but the city said that would keep principals from hiring the teachers they think are most qualified.
Watch an AP News report on Chicago’s striking teachers here:
Repeatedly bringing up the strike and alleging unprofessional behavior on the teacher’s part, the unnamed student let it be known that she wasn’t going anywhere. She was going to sit right down and he was “going to teach today.”
Watch the video below:
The response to the girl’s tirade has been mixed. Most applaud her, while others have said that she was disrespectful and belligerent. Though acknowledging that she should be commended for demanding an education, some viewers felt she should have voiced her concerns more respectfully.
One of the girl’s classmates feels differently:
“…everyone else that called her stupid and ghetto… You all don’t know what y’all talking about,” wrote moniquesalter3395 in a comment on YouTube. “I have this class with her and she’s right about everything that was stated. He DON’T teach us. He tries to be a disciplinarian instead of a teacher; he belittles us and talks down to us like we are stupid. He does not care if [he] hurts your feelings he will laugh about it . So why you all are saying she stupid know what y’all are talking about.
“Nobody knows what he put us through in that 2nd period class why y’all talking. We all were fed.up with what he was doing she was just the main one that was willing to do it during the class period. I understand all the cursing was not necessary but then again after holding in all that anger towards him it was about time it came out when it came out.”