Teacher who made anti-Common Core rap opens up

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Earlier this week we introduced you to rap artist and teacher “MC ZiLL”  and his song about the Common Core.

The man behind the mic, Jeff Grossi,  teaches math at Buffalo's Bennett High School, which served as one of the backdrops for his now viral rap video

Grossi is using his passion for music to connect with students and start a conversation state wide about the controversial Common Core.

"Educators students and parents are talking about it they're talking about common core and they now have a voice," said Grossi in an interview with 7 Eyewitness News.

Grossi has been teaching at Bennett for 12 years and believes that the way that high stakes testing is utilized in New York State is unacceptable.

"I'm sick of being called low performing and my students are low performing on these high stakes standardized tests."

Grossi says that the tests do not accurately measure what students know and many of his pupils agree.

"You can't rate us by numbers." said Bennett senior, Chronicle McLain.

"Theres more than test scores out there. A person can take a bad test but can go and build a stadium, a person take a bad test and go on to be the president. A test doesn't determine everything," McLain added.

In his In Grossi's rap song “We’re Teaching," he raps the problems he encounters with the education standards in the Common Core.

In part of the video, Grossi is wearing a shirt that says “Common Core will destroy public education.”

The video ends with a message encouraging parents to opt out of standardized testing by visiting the website UnitedOptOut.com.

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