Florida Education Company Credits Their “Attention Grabbing”
Just when I thought I seen it all…
Rappers Lil’ Wayne & Nicki Minaj have been named “Teachers of the Year.”
*re-read it again it wasn’t a typo.
Better Education Place, a South Florida-based education company, recently named the pair “teachers of the year” in its first teacher awards ceremony.
Melvin El, CEO of the company, said the hip-hop artists were judged among several other “teachers” based on several different categories including the ability to capture and maintain attention, the ability to move their audience or create interaction and their ability to inspire.
El explained that students are drawn in by rappers’ “swagger.”
“If you are a teacher today and you don’t have any swagger, you are going to struggle to get your students’ attention,” El said in a statement. “It turns out a teacher can learn a lot from Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj.”
According to their website, Better Education Place’s mantra is to “introduce new learning experiences that demonstrates how music can bridge the gap in literacy.”
As a result, the company has become famous for using hip-hop techniques to teach children to read in days.
He remains adamant that he made the right decision.
“It’s ironic as well that most of the problems we have in our community can be traced back to reading and early learning,” he said in a statement. “To be good at hip-hop, it seems you have to master some of the very same skills. And two people who exemplify these qualities well are Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj.”
All I have to say is….what’s next?