Louisiana Fourth Graders Learn About Pimps in Their Homework
You might not think that students learning about the various uses of the word “twister” would get an indirect lesson in prostitution, but some fourth graders in Louisiana are receiving just such an education.
Brittney Badeaux, the mother of a 9-year-old student at Eaton Park Elementary School in Southern Louisiana’s Vermilion Parish, was quite surprised when her son brought home a school worksheet describing a song by the hip-hop artist Twista called ‘Po Pimp.’
Badeaux sent a copy of the worksheet to the radio station KPEL in nearby Lafayette, writing beneath the Twista item, “Is this really appropriate for a 9 year old! Would you like to explain what a pimp is to my son?? I’m not happy about this.”
KPEL contacted the Vermilion Parish school superintendent, Jerome Puyau, who responded by saying that the worksheet was not created locally at Eaton Park, but was rather the product of the national education program Common Core.
“Part of the Common Core is what they call ‘real-world text,’” Puyau explained. “What are our students reading? Are these students going to see this on the shelves in our department stores?…The answer is yes. If you search it, the first thing that comes up is the actual song [“Po Pimp”]. This is real-world.”
The worksheet certainly doesn’t promote pimps or prostitution, but it’s not exactly a stretch to say that there are other ways to teach a child the differences between the various meanings of “twister” and related words. Like, say, the popular board game, for instance.