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Comments To That Snoop Dogg Article You Didn’t See

by Jose Vilson on February 22, 2012

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As I’m sure you’re aware, there will always be comments worth posting after reading an article like the Snoop Dogg post I wrote recently. Comments not only give us a glimpse of what the specific person believes, but the general mood of your readers. Thus, in the spirit of Jon Becker, here are the comments from Facebook, Twitter, and the EdWeek … kinda.

Random Commenter 1

For the love of Christ, this was good! You made such good connections. My only question is: what do you think about the song “Gin and Juice” and how can we as educators learn from that song. With my mind on my teaching and the teaching on my mind.

Random Commenter 2 (who I know)

Jose, you crazy bastard. You did it again. This is the type of voice we need in edu-discussions, not the same old from both sides of the equation trying to bore my Google Reader to death. Well played, sir. Well played.


“Guess who’s back in the motherfucking house,
With a fat dick for your motherfucking mouth.
Hoes recognize, niggas do too,
Cuz when the steel get stainless, they pull a voodoo.”

Sorry, but I don’t see how I can learn anything from your post. Snoop Doggy Dogg or Snoop Dogg or Snoopy or Dogg or whatever you want to call him is not the role model I would like to have for my kids. It’s awful music. Plus, he’s a misogynist, and a rapper. Which is basically the same thing isn’t it? I mean, look at all the bling and the pimp culture. Yes, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones also had their issues back in the day, but it’s different. They … they … they didn’t curse in their songs that much. I have limits, and this was too much.

Jose Vilson

Look at your list. Check it twice. You better find out if your favorite people were naughty or nice.


You’re such a snarky bastard. Why can’t you just agree with us and take down this article? I totally missed the point of this article because my world view is so small. Tonight, I’ll still be in the club drinking beers and listening to country singers do the same things rappers do, but I’m pointing my finger at you because … because … well, just because. Ugh!


Why come you have to talk about teacherpreneurs? The market and democracy are incompatible. Diane Ravitch said so! I know you didn’t actually mention entrepreneurship here, but I just want to make sure that’s clear. In case Bill Gates shows up to comment here.

Bill Gates

No, I won’t. It ain’t no fun if the homies can’t have none. Nah mean? Chill, homie.


I don’t think any of this really matters until you cite something from Diane. You have to be a little more creative, more radical, more researched based. Like Diane is. I don’t even think Dr. Ravitch has met Snoop Dogg, so how is Snoop even relevant in education? We need to validate him and I think that’s the best way to do so.

Alex R. The Writer

Jose, you’re an edu-giant, a Goliath amongst the small straw men of the education reform world. So thank me, or else.


I gotta be honest, Jose, I didn’t even think about that. Snoop Dogg came from a church background, and his gangsta turn would be disappointing to anyone who understood that. While he’s still up to the same nonsense, you took a hilarious look at a guy whose music I might not always agree with, but I dance to anyways. This was pretty good, Jose. I’ll be sharing this with my co-teachers tomorrow.

Ghostface Killah

Yo, son, you the illest, my G. This joint was so tough, it was HD MMA NFL Mario Manningham Catching The Pigskin While Getting Kicked in The Ass Out Of Bounds type shit, yo. I’ma start calling you Mr. Wicked Wallabee X-Wanderer, son, word is bond!


So, you’re still going to have Pedro Noguera on your site? Really?


No we’re not Alex. Why use a pseudonym like we can’t read what you’re writing? You’re such an instigator. Why don’t you go back and read a book … like The Death and Life of The Great American School System? Now on paperback with more Ravitchy goodness!

Diane Ravitch

Umm, even I think this is a little ridiculous.


See, Jose, the problem is, you write with nuance and conviction. You inject humor and parody. Plus, a lot of eyes rest themselves upon this blog. Rather than try to actually read what you’re saying, they rather attack you with ad hominems and inuendo. Those of us who love your writing want you to keep doing so. The LBC rapper would definitely approve if he read this. If he wasn’t so high up (see what I did there?).

Jose Vilson

Oy vey!

Jose, who parodied this whole thing for effect. No, EdWeek did not reject this. Yes, I was actually making fun of myself. No, I don’t want you to take my critiques seriously. Yes, if you think it’s about you, it probably is. No, Diane didn’t actually comment on this, but if she did, I’m sure she’s crack the hell up. I understand she has a sense of humor.


Snoop Doggy Dogg Smoking

A few months ago, I wrote this article in response to some of the comments I read about my EdWeek / Jay-Z article. It was approved, but due to the backlash I received, they took it down. Never mind. I decided to publish it here. Also, look for some of the comments I received on Sunday.

After the last time I attempted convincing educators about Jay-Z’s credentials as a muse for their teaching, I decided that another rapper might be more fitting for this type of exercise: Calvin “Snoop Doggy Dogg” Broadus. Snoop Doggy Dogg a.k.a. Snoop Dogg a.k.a. Snoop has been a muse of mine for some time, and I wish teachers would look beyond the Cadillacs, weed proliferation, and three-quarter naked women and see the honesty, integrity, and intelligence Mr. Broadus brings to the rap game. His lyrical dexterity and contributions to general society have elevated a young kid from the squalor of LA to a premier spot in pop culture.

As educators, we can find many lessons about our own classrooms and professional development right in his records:

It Ain’t No Fun If The Homies Can’t Have None

In the song, Snoop Dogg proliferates the idea of collaboration against all odds. Because of how hard it is for a G to do his thing, Snoop Dogg asks for his team’s help to relieve stress and have fun with his homies. In the same way, teachers should develop professional learning networks to collaborate on what’s best for student learning. As you can tell, such an endeavor will produce handsome rewards.

Drop It Like It’s Hot

In this Neptunes-produced song, Mr. Broadus implores us to consider the situations we consistently encounter and make the most effective choices given the situation. With lyrics like “When the pigs try to get at you, park it like it’s hot,” he understands that his reputation as a thug might find him the opposite of peace, and he prioritizes his well-being over getting in trouble. In the same way, teachers can learn to prioritize the important parts of their teaching. In an era where we’re asked to be superhuman, sometimes it’s more important to choose our battles wisely. Some arguments with students won’t work. Some topics in your curriculum might not go smoothly. And that’s OK. Because you got it going on.

Snoop’s Upside Your Head

In this song, Snoop confides in us the travails of someone who has captured entire audiences with his rhythmic tones and aggressive movements. Every so often, this lifestyle leads to him having to accelerate situations he doesn’t normally encounter. He has to be prepared for any and all situations, especially with those around him who erroneously consider him soft and defenseless. Teachers can learn lots about this when it comes to their students. In their lesson planning, they should consider some of the common errors students come with, whether assessed in their diagnostic tests or not. Sometimes, students come in with deficiencies that we can’t prepare for. As long as we consider alternatives and have an arsenal of solutions in your belt in case students want to pop off. Or something like that.

The Chronic

Though this is technically Dr. Dre’s album, Snoop Dogg ghostwrote a majority of Dr. Dre’s lyrics here, putting his touches on the verses we’ve uttered for decades. In the intro to the legendary album, named “The Chronic,” Dr. Dre and Snoop set the stage for a defining album of its era. They also list the set of issues and concerns they will expound upon during the album. They also dedicate the album to friends-turned-foes in a flippant manner. This relates to educators because we often have our own set of haters. Socially, the list of ed-reformers that don’t have love for educators is plentiful. Students face chronic problems like poverty and environmental racism, but it doesn’t mean we can’t do our best in spite of the odds.

If anything, one thing we can pick up from Snoop’s entire career is the confidence and ease he takes his profession. While he obviously works hard (dozens of hit records to his name), he also has a belief in himself only paralleled by his earthier habits. We as teachers take our typically B-type personalities into an arena that demands so much of us; we should walk into our classrooms with an indisputable confidence.

It ain’t nothin’ but a G thing, baby.

Mr. Vilson, who even likes parodying himself …