A Queens mother working at residence was outraged to find that her son’s Zoom economics class at a Brooklyn highschool consisted of rap movies that includes drug offers, prostitutes and vulgar language, together with the N-word.
The mother bought so upset through the lesson on “money, power and respect,” she grabbed her son’s laptop computer and yelled at Deyate Hagood, a social research trainer at A-TECH Excessive College in Williamsburg, for losing helpful educational time.
“You honestly ought to be motherf–king embarrassed. Disgusting!” she shouted at Hagood, infuriated by the movies and lame dialogue.
When Hagood instructed her, “I don’t like how you’re speaking to me,” she shot again: “You have rap videos using N-words, talking about whores and bitches and selling drugs. I’m working from home, and this is what I’m hearing my kid in his senior year learning in class.”
The conflict — which was videotaped by the son — shines a lightweight on what the mother referred to as “lazy” distant instruction in a low-performing NYC highschool, and the plight of teenagers caught on screens however studying little through the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’ve had to watch my high-school senior spend an entire year at home in isolation while receiving a very limited education,” mentioned the Queens mother, who requested to stay nameless to guard her son from retribution.
“He has been unmotivated and now only talks about wanting to leave NYC.”
A-TECH modified its title from Automotive HS, one of many faculties in Mayor de Blasio’s notorious Renewal program to repair failing faculties, which he aborted in 2018. Enrollment has plummeted from practically 1,000 college students in 2010 to 304 — principally boys, 91 p.c black and Hispanic.
The four-year commencement fee is 70 p.c, and solely 33 p.c of grads are deemed prepared for profession or faculty, in accordance with metropolis Division of Schooling information.
The Queens mother, an government assistant with a youthful son in center faculty, mentioned her 12th-grader didn’t have a e book or syllabus for the economics class, telling her the trainer normally confirmed movies.
Within the Feb. 24 class, Hagood performed two hip-hop movies — “C.R.E.A.M,” which stands for “Cash Rules Everything Around Me” by Wu-Tang Clan, and “Money, Power, Respect” by The Lox.
The C.R.E.A.M lyrics begin with “What that n—a want God? Word up, look out for the cops. .. Word up, two for fives over here baby. Word up, two for fives them n—-s got garbage down the way, word up.”
“Two for fives” was a 90s’ time period for crack cocaine gross sales, two vials for $5.
Within the Lox video, an obvious prostitute in black lingerie begins the rap: “First you get the money. Then you get the muthaf—in, power. After you get the f—in’ power muthaf—s will respect you.”
Hagood tried to drum up a category dialogue.
“Are they saying money gives you some sort of status? Do you think people who have money have power, too? Is that something we can say?”
He needed to push college students to reply. “Someone? Anyone? You’re supposed to be my smart class.”
At one level Hagood pressed, “What are they attempting to say within the video?’
A pupil answered, “I don’t know, you got to be a drug dealer to have money, power and respect.”
Hagood countered, “Just that? Is that a beneficial way to live our lives, though?”
The mother referred to as the lesson “pathetic.”
“I regret losing my cool and cursing,” she mentioned on Fb, the place she posted a video of the Zoom class, “however I’ve actually had it with the stress of no (in-person) faculty, working from residence and the guilt of understanding my children haven’t been studying the best way they need to be.
“I’m really angry and sad for the kids. I hate that I can’t trust what is being shown and taught, and that my kids have lost so much learning.”
She mentioned her 12th-grader hopes to go to varsity in Florida.
“You can use this video on your college application to let them know why you have to get out of New York City, and why you really need an education,” she instructed him through the class.
She mentioned the category raised questions: “Who is actually accountable for what these children are being taught? Is anyone watching and documenting what lessons are being given and by whom?”
A-TECH principal Neil Harris didn’t reply an e-mail searching for remark. Hagood didn’t return a message.
DOE spokeswoman Katie O’Hanlon mentioned, “Two iconic songs were used as part of a 12th-grade lesson about economics, and the teacher provided appropriate context prior to streaming them.”
O’Hanlon wouldn’t clarify the aim of the lesson or the movies. She claimed the college had obtained no complaints from college students or mother and father — regardless of the Queens mother complaining on to Hagood.
The mother, who describes herself as Latina and whose son can be of Irish descent, couldn’t say whether or not the trainer used the movies to enchantment to college students of coloration.
“I don’t think it matters what color you are,” she mentioned. “This is a classroom, albeit virtual, and you should be teaching something valuable. These kids are supposed to be preparing for college, and this isn’t helpful to them.”