Monday, February 13, 2006
Ako Abdul-Samad, a member of the Des Moines, Iowa schoolboard, has proposed using hip-hop as a tool to teach children in the school district. Proponents of the "hip-hop learning method" claim the music helps to get students more engaged about a subject than traditional means. Philadelphia and San Francisco already use the music for teaching in its respective schools.
But not everyone is warm to the idea of using hip-hop as a teaching tool. For a significant number, the fact that the genre is often full of lyrics that demean women and lyrics that promote violence is enough for some to oppose Abdul-Samad's proposal altogether. Supporters argue that songs can be cleaned up before use in the classroom, thus deleting the aforementioned offensive lyrics.
A good idea? Will Abdul-Samad's proposal be integrated into the Des Moines curriculum? Abdul-Samad plans on holding a workshop on the matter in the spring.
Posted by Steve at 10:10 AM