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Friday, January 30, 2009

You Can Pay For School But You Can’t Buy Class.

Will someone explain to me how a stripper routine becomes part of a cheer team routine? I remember the last school event I attended in which the students, cheerleaders and dancers performed, as the crowd cheered. These girls were dropping it “like it‘s hot.” It was some what embarrassing for me to watch. I was wondering when will the athletic departments start putting stripper poles on the fields and courts to accommodate the cheerleading routines at our schools? What ever happen to the educational missions of our schools? The great Hip-Hop philosopher, Jay-Z said in a popular song, “you can pay for school but you can’t buy class.” That quote came to mind when I read this article. This is a school-sponsored athletic event and when you see these scantily clad cheerleaders performing a dance that could easily be imagined at a strip-club. Who is influencing our youth? While Jay-Z videos may have inspired these sexually explicit routines, our schools’ cheerleader and dance team instructors, as well as parents, apparently or ok with this foolishness.( video )

Have We been fooled into thinking that education is simply about how well you can read, write or compute? What about values? You can look at a school dance routine and kinda see were it's value lie. If you want to see the quality of how these skills are applied in relation to values, you might want to check out the schools dance routines.
Don’t get me wrong. We need cheer leading and dance teams. Cheer leading is one of the most popular sports in high school and college. I also believe dance and cheer provides a wonderful outlet for girls and boys who want a casual artistic experience. Cheerleaders and dance teams keep students physically active and occupied. They facilitate school culture and increase spirit. These activities belong in our schools. But, renditions of BeyoncĂ© and Brittany needs to remain on MTV.


  1. I live in Atlanta and I'm glad the school took action. The routine was raunchy and inappropriate especially for a school function. I can't believe some folks are justifying it by saying, well it was approved before time.. A raunchy dance like that should not have even gone before any board to get any kind of approval. The times we live in

  2. Kim thanks for your comment. I am with you on this it's embarrassing.