From the Seattle Times, a story about a high school teacher in Spokane got put on leave for 3-weeks because he played a rap song by a Seattle duo (Blue Scholars) called "Commencement Day". I immediately Googled these guys and listened to it. Yes, it has a couple of swear words that I don't believe should be used in polite society but I'm not a senior in high school (where I've heard much worse). I really don't believe it is saying education doesn't matter but speaks to youth who might feel (gasp) alienated.
From the Comments section from Geo, a member of the duo:
Geo, who is also known as Prometheus Brown, said he wrote the lyrics soon after he graduated high school, describing the challenges that both students and teachers face.
"It's Ironic," he said. "The song is about the censorship that happens in schools."
In fact, one line in song states: "Bring your paper, but please your lyrics at home."
Geo said he didn't write the song, which references budget cuts and underpaid teachers, just to complain, but to inspire action.
"I'm not knocking education, but there are a lot of things we can do to improve (our schools), for teachers and students," he said. "I hope (the song) keeps spurring that dialogue."
From the song:
It goes one for the student who refuses to submit
And two for the teachers who are underpaid as shit
It’s the next generation of miseducated youth
Who demonstrate the truth and manage to make it through
It goes three for the strikes giving young bloods life
And four for the years you spent stifled inside
It’s the next generation of miseducated youth-next time ask em for proof.
And as one commenter pointed out, Paul Simon didn't exactly pay tribute to public education in Kodachrome:
When I think back to all the crap I learned in high school
It's a wonder I can think at all...
I'm thinking this teacher was trying to say, without preaching, that he/she understands what kids think sometimes as they sit in their seats and go through their day at school. And that maybe, this class just might be different. (Or maybe it was an attempt to seem cool.)
I'm just not getting the administration getting their knickers in a twist over it.