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Saturday, May 4, 2013
Should Vybz Kartel’s Book Be Taught In Jamaican Schools?
Is Vybz Kartel book fit for Jamaican schools? That is the question Jamaicans are asking after Dr. Carolyn Cooper penned an interesting article in the Gleaner last month
Carolyn Cooper is a professor of literary and cultural studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona.
Last year Vybz Kartel set out on a mission not to entertain, but to disturb readers of his new book The Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto.
Excerpt from book:
“As strange as it may sound, I hope you do not enjoy this
book. I hope it disturbs you. I hope after reading you realise there is
something wrong with Jamaica that needs to be fixed. I hope you will
never look at a ghetto person the same again.”
The Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto, which was co-authored by Michael
Dawson, was released last year while Vybz Kartel was behind bars. Like
everything Vybz Kartel does, the book did stirred up a lot of
Vybz Kartel spoke in dept on the many social and
political issues affecting Jamaica. Still many cynics are questioning
whether or not the book was authored by the self proclaim Worl’Boss
There is no doubt Vybz Kartel is one of the most lyrically acclaim
deejays in dancehall history and his book delves deeper into the
Dr. Carolyn Cooper is taking it a step further by suggesting that The
Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto be taught in Jamaican schools as part of the social studies program. “The Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto should be read in and out of school,” Dr. Carolyn Cooper wrote. “It ought to be on the CXC social studies syllabus. It raises complex issues of social justice in an accessible way. This book will engage the attention of every student, from Campion College to Gaza Secondary.”
Dr. Cooper also calls for a fair trial for Vybz Kartel.