Remember how much you enjoyed the Boondocks TV show theme song? (if you never heard it, you should click on the link and check it out)
Or the ’90s hip-hop group Unspoken Heard?
If so, then you’re familiar with the work of Gabriel “Asheru” Benn. Dude has also put out a bunch of music on his own, has taught in Washington, DC for years, and is the president of the Hip Hop Educational Literacy Program (H.E.L.P.), an organization that creates workbooks to teach middle and high school students literacy skills through the study of rap lyrics.
So that’s a lil background.
Today, Asheru wrote a guest post for the website: allhiphop.com. His post, “Hip-Hop for Educational Change: We Are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For” is worth a read. I’ll give you my favorite four sentences, but then you’ve gotta go to his post to check it out…
“Over the years, I have learned that in order for schools to be effective and to truly do right by our children, we must encourage students to make real world connections to the content presented in the classroom. We must train teachers to culturally connect, and to be equitable with all students they serve, regardless of race or socio-economic background. We must also allow genuine opportunities for students to experience hands-on learning that promote critical thinking and assist in articulating and advocating (both in written and verbal forms) their needs and interests whenever necessary. In other words, it is no longer enough to simply teach a man (or woman) to fish—we must teach him (or her) how to distinguish between the various types of fish, the difference between saltwater and freshwater, how to prepare the fish as food, and even how to sell the fish they catch as a source of income (if they so choose).”
Check out the rest of the article at allhiphop.com!