We watched a kinetic text video of the Taylor Mali slam/performance poem “Totally, like whatever, you know?”
It speaks to the cognitive vacuity of this generation in a comedic, farcical tone. I don’t like it.
As an educator, I believe we must foster inquiry and excitement about learning. Also, we need to recognize that students do have interests, even if they are not the pursuits we want them to pursue. Humans are naturally inquisitive and strive to learn. The student who might not take interest in my SAT-based vocabulary study knows the jargon associated with creating music on a technological platform. Or she may know all of the types of traditional African braiding that are not taught at state-supervised cosmetology programs.
Mali’s poem is entertaining and speaks to pop culture tropes. But I chose not to espouse this poem’s message.