Better Education Place, a South Florida-based education company, recently named Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj “Teachers of the year” in its first teacher awards ceremony. If you’re shaking your head in wonder (or disgust) as to how two of the raunchiest rappers out received this honor, Melvin El, CEO of the company, said the hip-hop artists were judged based on their ability to capture and maintain attention, move their audience and their ability to inspire.
According to a recent article on Afro.com Melvin El says:
“If you are a teacher today and you don’t have any swagger, you are going to struggle to get your students’ attention. It turns out a teacher can learn a lot from Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj. If it works, we have to use it. We can’t throw the baby out with the bath water…especially when we are talking about our babies. With the help of hip hop, we can make education fun again.”
Of course not everyone is in agreement with Better Education Place’s views on what qualifies as a good teacher. Reed Fischer of the Broward-Palm Beach New Times said it best:
“As much as [I] personally enjoy the artistry and wordplay of Nicki Minaj, there is nothing about ‘Super Bass’ that is intended as education—for grade school kids, anyhow. Lil Wayne picturing himself in a cap and gown on the cover of [his latest album] ‘Tha Carter IV’ is pleasant enough, but this is obviously an award that neither of them asked for nor deserve.”
Personally I have to agree with Fischer, their music is entertaining but the last thing I want my children learning or using as a life guide is anything these two do or rap about. As entertainers Wayne and Nicki deserve all the accolades they receive and more, but as molders of the minds of this world’s future leaders, they get a big fat F.
Do you think Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj deserve the award?