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How hip-hop is increasing the amount of learning in the classroom: 4 essential reads

Scholars have traced the origins of hip-hop to the “back to school jam” that DJ Kool Herc threw in an apartment in the South Bronx in 1973. Today the musical genre is one of the most popular in America.

In July 2021, Congress formally designated November as Hip Hop History Month. “In recognition of the first year hip-hop history is a month-long spotlight, The Conversation collected four articles from their archives that shed light on how educators and rappers alike are using hip-hop. To educate and engage students.

1. Rappers criticize the education system

From Jay-Z vs Nas to Drake vs Meek Mill, there’s no shortage of beef among rappers. But one of the biggest feuds in hip-hop may actually be between rappers and America’s education system. The rappers are never shy about using their lyrical skills to explain how American schools misjudge students. As rapper Scarface aptly put it in “Black Still”,

,[O]Your kids are educated by the enemy / And they don’t know about their history / Because they are not teaching it in school. ,

Ironically, some rappers who initially turned their backs on education have also invested money in education for others. Nolan Jones, an associate assistant professor of education and expert in hip-hop education, writes about this paradox in an article about hip-hop’s complex relationship with academia.

For Jones, criticism of rap artists’ formal education “highlights mainstream education’s frustration with the lack of a viable ethnic studies curriculum, which has been proven to promote cross-cultural understanding, self-esteem, and diverse perspectives.” Is.”

Read more: Hip-hop’s love-hate relationship with education

2. Hip-hop inspired interest in science

Edmund Adjapong – who refers to himself as a “hip-hop science teacher” – says he felt science was not for him. That was until his high school physics teacher incorporated hip-hop into his teaching. In one lesson, his teacher used chains of rappers to illustrate the motion of a pendulum.

Adjapong, now an assistant professor of STEM education at Seton Hall University, writes about the five elements of hip-hop — mc’ing, graffiti, break dancing, DJ’ing, and using one’s own knowledge — to create more To interest more students. Trunk.

Adjapong writes, “While most studies focused on black students using hip-hop in science, I believe the use of hip-hop can support all students, as hip-hop in America The most popular genre of music.”

Read more: 5 ways to use hip-hop in the classroom to develop a better understanding of science

3. Promoting Entrepreneurship

Hip-hop producers Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine plan to open a school in Los Angeles that will focus on teaching students skills in entrepreneurship. Set to open in the fall of 2022 in a district that is 74% Latino and 10% Black, the school will provide students with the opportunity to learn to apply their knowledge in the classroom to real life.

Hip-hop scholars Nolan Jones and Edmund Adjapong and career and technical education scholars Sean M. Dougherty weighs in on the new school and what it represents for the American high school experience.

“Iovine and Dre’s proposed high school embodies knowledge and entrepreneurship, considered two elements of hip-hop culture,” the scholars write.

“If this is successful, it is a great way to help students uncover their potential and hidden talents through experience and formal education. It is also a potential way of providing education that can be applied in the real world. can be done.”

Read more: New school planned by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine seeks to teach students a mix of skills to prepare them for real-world jobs

4. Thinking about social issues

Hip-hop artists have talked about space exploration since the early days of hip-hop—from the Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” to more modern songs like “Reach for the Stars.” However, these songs about the search for the last frontier also relate to the lived experiences of African Americans on Earth.

For example, in the song “The Space Program” from A Tribe Called Quest, space exploration is used to talk about how America’s space program can exclude poor people and people of color.

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Eddie Carson, assistant professor of hip-hop at the University of Virginia, lists some of the most interesting examples of rappers’ references to space. He argues that the use of these songs can bring cultural relevance to the classroom.

“We’re going to Mars, the spacecraft are drifting / What, you think they want us there? / We’re not going all n-gg-.”

Read more: 10 hip-hop songs to take you on a journey into space

Editor’s Note: This story is a roundup of articles from The Conversation Archives.

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