ST. MARY’S COUNTY, Md. – Drop dead David McCullough, there’s a new historian in schools: Snoop Dogg.
A parent, who wishes to remain anonymous for fear of retribution, recently brought attention to an American History worksheet his 8th grade child received in a St. Mary’s County, Maryland school district.
Titled “Snoop Dogg’s US History Review,” students are required to fill in the blanks to tell the history of the American Colonies.
One passage reads:
In 1606, King James I granted a charter to tha _____ to found a colony on tha eastern shore of Nizorth America. They took 150 brave passengas and founded ______ in 1607, tha first permanent colony of America. Off the hizzay! Their leada _______ was a straight gangsta and negotiated wit tha nearby ______ Indians fo’ food fo’ sheezy. Eventually, tha colony began ta thrive wit tha grow’n of ______, a crizzay cash crop. To wizzle tha farms, many land-ownas imported ______ from England, who worked fo’ a numba of years in return fo’ they passage to America. Slaves were brought from Africa along tha harsh ______ Passage ta work. Ya feelin me?
“My child was bothered by the language and said they had a hard time figuring out what Snoop was saying, and what really bothered my child was where Snoop referred to the American liberty fighters, killed by the British, as ‘thugz,'” the parent tells EAGnews.
Indeed, the lesson explains the Boston Massacre by saying “British troops iced 4 thugz.”
Regarding the Salem Witch Trials, the lesson reads, “Trouble fo’ 19 honeys came in 1692 tho, when they were tried n capped for witchcraft in tha village of _______, Massachusetts. Slap yo self.”
The lessons are peppered with bizarre statements like, “They’d slap tha taste out yo mouf,” “Throw yo guns in the air” and “Drop it like it’s hot!”
[Sidebar: It’s interesting a 10-year-old boy was recently suspended for making a finger gun, yet this worksheet, which talks about throwing “guns in the air” is allowed.]
Here’s one portion of the lesson:
One person not “feelin'” the interpretation of American history is the parent who contacted EAGnews.
“I am sure it was an innocent light-hearted assignment by my child’s teacher, but I believe it was poor judgment and choice of an assignment,” the parent says.
The lesson is available for purchase on TeachersPayTeachers.com, a site that allows anyone to create their own learning materials and make them available for purchase.
The site offers two other American history worksheets told in “Snoop speak,” for $1.99 each.
The Civil War worksheet reads in part:
The turning point in the war was the bizzattle of ____ in Pennsylvanizzles. After that General _____ and the Confederate army was losin’ and finally surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at _______. Cities in the south like _____ were left in crizzay ruins. It was Malice in Wonderland, baby.
The American Revolution isn’t spared the Snoop treatment, either.
“In 1775, tha first shots in tha war fo’ independenizzle were fired at ___ n __. Thomas Paine wrote ’bout tha incident in his pamphlet ___, rhymin’ fo’ independence. Two sides emerged in America – tha ____ who supported independence n tha ___ who remained loyal ta England like tru playas. When tha colonists agreed ta declare independizzle ___ was chosen to write tha ____ . He based most of his ideas on the English philosopha _____ .”
“Snoop Dogg is not one to be teaching English or history, nor is he a role model,” the parent says.