Implementation of questionable ‘Flocabulary’ hip-hop program hits bump in OKC schools

From Oklahoma Watchdog;

OKLAHOMA CITY — It didn’t take long for Oklahoma City Public School teachers to raise a flag of concern regarding the implementation of “Flocabulary,” a “hip-hop curriculum” aimed at “at-risk youth” that we addressed here at Oklahoma Watchdog back in June.

Our articles – “OCPS to spend $97k on hip-hop Flocabulary” and “OCPS spokesperson says ‘conventional methods’ of teaching aren’t effective” – noted that

OCPS spokesperson Kathleen Kennedy told Oklahoma Watchdog in late June that federal funds are paying for Flocabulary and that it has no affect on the district’s general fund which is being cut.

At the time we wrote: “Kennedy seemed almost defensive when questioned about the program, particularly when asked why a trendy, hip-hop teaching program would be used rather than “conventional” teaching methods.

With her voice somewhat raised, Kennedy replied: “You can’t use conventional methods to teach children these days.” She said programs like Flocabulary are used to reach children who otherwise might not be reached.

“This is not traditional,” Kennedy said. “Some people may not like it but it is effective.”

We attempted to get someone from Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Flocabulary to speak with Oklahoma Watchdog. We were unsuccessful in doing so.

And now we see this week in The Oklahoman, in a story headlined “Oklahoma City district pushes pause on hip-hop curriculum,” that Flocabulary’s attack on American historical figures like Presidents Andrew Jackson and James Monroe – as if the rap lyrics were written by leftist writer Howard Zinn – that OCPS Superintendent Karl Springer had “concerns” and that the district is “holding off on the program until it’s been evaluated.”

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