I am not one to embrace the trendy “social entrepreneur” moniker. However, I do believe in the need for social innovation. With that being said, you will not find many programs as creative and innovative as Dr. Chris Emdin’s program utilizing hip hop (with help from The GZA) to educate youth in the area of Science.
Originally posted on AllHipHop.com:
(AllHipHop News) In Hip-Hop’s early years it was scrutinized as a genre by popular media, the government and the general public for being violent, obscene and destructive to the communities of America.
Coupled with the popular opinion that “the streets” have ways of taking kids out of their desks in the classroom and to the corners of their local neighborhoods, Hip-Hop’s educational value was deemed limited from the start.
But not so fast - according to a recent CBS news story, hip-hop music is being used in New York City’s public schools to teach 9th graders about science by writing rhymes and rapping.
The pilot program uses Hip-Hop music to teach science in ten of New York City’s public schools and was co-founded by Dr. Chris Emdin of Columbia University’s Teachers College and The Gza.
The Gza actually came up with the idea for the pilot program and Dr. Chris Emdin was…
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