Pitbull To Open Charter School In Miami, Speaks On Education In America

posted Monday August 12 ,2013 at 04:00PM CDT | 17 comments

Pitbull To Open Charter School In Miami, Speaks On Education In America

Pitbull talks about the upcoming opening of his new school SLAM (Sports Leadership and Management) and why he has decided to focus on education.

Pitbull is working towards the opening of a charter school in Miami, Florida. The school, Sports Leadership and Management (SLAM), is scheduled to open Saturday (August 17), according to the school's site.

Pitbull recently spoke about his decision to become involved with education at the 2013 National Charter Schools Conference, where he was a keynote speaker.

"I can speak from the heart when it comes to charter schools for the simple fact is that teachers have changed my life," Pitbull told The Washington Post. "I had a second grade teacher that taught me that there is a way out and then I had an eleventh grade teacher who taught me to believe in myself and the talent that we didn't even understand that we had at the time. So, that's the same thing I want to do with the kids. Sometimes what happens is that education is no longer sexy. It's no longer cool. I want to tell them or help put together either curriculum or schools where it does entertain them or engage them. One way or another [I want to] just make it fun again to learn. There's no way that you can tackle any obstacle or any issue around the world if you're not educated. My mother always told me that the biggest diseases in the world, the most dangerous, [were] ignorance and greed. That's why we have to educate. That's why I fight for it. That's what I feel is the real revolution." 

Pitbull believes that his upbringing makes him qualified to help students of similar backgrounds in the Miami neighborhood in which he was raised. 

"I don't think you could find a better poster child for the simple fact that I did live it," he said. "These kids can really relate. I'm not here trying to sell you something. I'm trying to tell you something. The difference is that. I could have a conversation like this with you right now and then go down to the kids from the old neighborhood and have a whole different conversation and they're gonna understand me...That's the only way I think that we're gonna make a difference and make this revolution real, which is already happening." 

Pitbull was also asked to address President Barack Obama's role in education. 

"As far as what Barack Obama has done done on the education side," Pitbull said, "I wouldn't lie to you and say that I've followed it to that extent. But I can tell you what he's done around the world. With me traveling around the world since, I would say, about '06-'07, I saw what America was looked upon as around the world before and now how they're looking at them. Big difference. He is the epitome, I would say the absolute of all, as a prime example of a person that fought his way through everything to be able to do what he is doing right now and become the first African American president of the United States of America." 

Charter schools are defined by the Florida Department of Education as being "tuition-free public schools created through an agreement or 'charter' between the school and the local school board or a state university. This agreement gives the charter school a measure of expanded freedom relative to traditional public schools in return for a commitment to higher standards of accountability. Since 1996, Florida charter schools have played a key role in increasing parental options in public education and providing innovative learning opportunities for students." 

Charter schools have been criticized because resources and students are often taken from public school districts and placed into charter schools, causing what critics view as negative effects to non-charter public institutions. Pitbull was asked about the criticism. 

"Critics," Pitbull said. "They must criticize, I would say. No? But men lie. women lie. Numbers don't lie. Look at the numbers." 

Pitbull's school, Sports Leadership and Management (SLAM), is slated to be run by Mater Academy and Academia. Mater Academy is a non-profit organization and Academia is a for-profit company. "The SLAM program is geared toward students who want to attend college and major in a sports-related field," Mater Academy says on its website. "The tuition-free public charter school will use an innovative curriculum that will embed sports-related content into middle and high school courses and special projects, along with elective classes and guest lecturers."

RELATED: Pitbull Raps About Jay Z's Trip To Cuba In "Open Letter" 

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  • Anonymous
    Wow hes not as much of a douche as I thought. Props
  • Anonymous
    Rick Ross opened a Sizzler inside his living room.
  • FlyQ the Anchor
    I got this new song and I think I did good. Im lyrical, im real, im growing. Im from nowhere so I grind on the net for now. Shoutout to chemist on the beat. https://soundcloud.com/theanchor/brain-work-pt-1 flyqtheanchor@gmail.com to work
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  • Gucci The General
    Fuck Pittbull! Gucci opened a crackspot last night in Atlanta.
    • Anonymous
      i heard gucci so real he robbed his own traphouse
    • Anonymous
      lmmfao
  • Gucci Mane Special Forces
    Gucci Mane is the realest rapper and heres why. - all other rappers rap about being gangster shooting and killing but they havent done it. - Eminem raps about killing he hasnt. - Jay z raps in open letter about sending shots he hasnt. - T.I. snitch to the feds - Young Jeezy was never bmf - 50 Cent snitch and was never in jail but a youthcamp - Game was never a banger but lived the life of his brother in his lyrics - Nas Escobar never sold drugs - Ice Cube never was a gangbanger - Dr Dre never was a gangbanger - Snoop was never a crip - 2pac was a ballerina and never sold drugs after he become famous he was doing some stupid stuff like beating and shooting at people because he though he could get away with it. Without Suge Knight 2pac was just a skinny motherf*cker. - Mobb deep are the biggiest cowards in rap they are short as midgets and keep talking this g sh*t but never did g sh*t. - JA-RULE IS THE BIGGEST CLOWN IN HIPHOP WITH TOTALLY NO STREETCREDIBILITY! Be in jail for smoking weed, carrying a gun or tax evasion is for pussies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - Most of the rappers rap about stuff they havent done yet you all support them and say its real rap. - When rick ross does it you all claim he is fake and say its fake rap. This shows that hiphop fans are hypocritical and all these real hiphop fan wanna be's are just some unjustified haters whose opinions are just as irrelevent as the swag fag rapper fans. BIG GUWOP KILLED A MAN HE WAS A DRUG DEALER BEFORE RAPPER HE HAS STREET CREDENTIALS HE IS THE ONLY RAPPER THAT RAPS ABOUT FACTS THERE FORE BIG GUWOP IS THE REALEST RAPPER IN THE RAP GAME AND THATS A FACT!
  • The Truth
    Pitbull > 2pac
  • duke
    Wow truly aninspirational story. Nothing but Respect for pitbull even if I don't care for his music. Usually I see articles about birdman purchasing a 2 million dollar watch or fat joes shoe collection... can't believe this article only has a couple snide comments.
  • rynsa
    *know
  • rynsa
    This guy doesn't no shit about education. How the hell is he qualified to bankroll a school?! You want to see the bankrupt ideology behind the for-profit charter school look no further than the above interview. "Numbers don't lie. Look at the numbers," he says. Well, I'm a teacher and I've looked at the numbers. CREDO (Center for Research on Education Outcomes) out at Stanford University has also looked at the numbers. THE CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE UNDERPERFORMING!!! Mad respect to Miami for putting up with this greedy fool.
  • Anonymous
    "Sometimes what happens is that education is no longer sexy." Sigh.......
  • Obama
    Jay Z > Pitbull
  • Anonymous
    music for soccer moms and aspiring soccer moms
    • j
      "hate" for $200, Alex?
    • K
      dickride for $300, Alex?