Photo of homework worksheet listing contextual examples of the word “twist.” Example 3 reads, “Carl Terrell Mitchell, better known by his stage name Twista, was born in 1972. Nineteen years later Mitchell’s first album, “Runnin’ Off at da Mouth,” debuted. In 1997, after appearing on Do or Die’s hit “Po Pimp,” Twista was signed to Atlantic Records. Under that label he released “Adrenaline Rush” and formed the group Speedknot Mobstaz in 1998. His 2004 album Kamikaze went to number-one on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart.”

It’s only a couple of weeks into the new school year and because of my son, so far I’ve had to re-educate myself on 9th grade science and Calculus. Unlike the parents in Vermilion Parish, LA, I haven’t had to learn about “Po Pimp” and “mobstaz”. Brittney Badeaux was helping her fourth grader with his homework when she read the words “Po Pimp” and “mobstaz”.

“I try to instill values in my son,” parent Brittney Badeaux told Fox News. “My goal is for him to ultimately to become a great man, a family man, a well-rounded man. And now my son wants to know what a pimp is.”

“I couldn’t believe it at first – hearing him read it to me,” she said. “So I looked at the paper and read the entire article. It was filled with Ebonics.”
From Fox News:

The worksheet, obtained by Fox Radio affiliate KPEL provided contextual examples of the word “twist.” It included references to tornadoes and the 1950’s dance craze – the “Twist.” But it also included a paragraph about “Twista” – a rapper with the group Speedknot Mobstaz who performs a single titled, “Po-Pimp.”

“It was really inappropriate for my child,” Badeaux said. “He doesn’t’ know what a pimp or mobster is.”

She also took issue with the school sending home a worksheet that intentionally misspelled words.

“I try to teach him morals and respect and to speak correctly,” she said. “It’s hard for a fourth grader to understand Ebonics when you’re trying to teach him how to spell and write correctly.”

Vermilion Parish School Superintendent Jerome Puyau told Fox News the “po-pimp” assignment was aligned to a fourth grade English Language Arts standard for Common Core.

“Out of context, this word is inappropriate,” Puyau said. “However, within the Common Core standards, they do want us to discuss real world texts.”

The Common Core State Standards initiative is a plan devised by the nation’s governors and backed by the Obama administration to set a uniform standard for grades K-12. In practice, it will ensure that every child in the nation reaches the same level of learning. So far, 45 states have agreed to use Common Core – including Louisiana.

After determining that the paragraph in the assignment was not age appropriate Puyau said they schools will audit and edit materials for now on.  Maybe they’ll actually find a more up-to-date relevant definition for  “Twist(a)”, besides a chopper style rapper.

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