Put Vybz Kartel’s book in Jamaican schools?
Sounds weird but Dr. Carolyn Cooper, a professor of literary and cultural studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus wrote an interesting article in the Jamaican Gleaner last month leaning towards this.
The book entitled “The Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto,” was released last year by Vybz Kartel and as usual it stirred up controversy, but this one is a first.
Dr. Cooper is 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.”
Wondering why? Well according to Jamaica media the book is actually intellectual. In the book “Kartel” speaks in depth on the many social and political issues affecting Jamaica.
Here’s 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 realize there is something wrong with Jamaica that needs to be fixed. I hope you will never look at a ghetto person the same again.”
Though the book may have some good content due to the self-proclaimed World Boss’ vast reputation i.e murder case, vulgar lyrics content and skin bleaching just to name a few many, Jamaicans are contemplating whether they would like their children reading his work or not.