This week some good articles about hip-hop education were posted online. I had the chance to write a bit about one of them–a guest post on the site AllHIpHop.Com by rapper/educator, Asheru. Click here to read my note and to find a link to the whole article.
The other piece appeared on the Celebration of Teaching and Learning EdBlog by Chris Emdin. His article, “Swimming against the Tide with Mouths Open Wide: Extracting Hip-Hop from Urban Education” implores educators to consider the potential power of embracing hip-hop. I didn’t know Emdin before I came across this piece, but after I read it we connected via Twitter and gave each other props (he read my recent piece on hip-hop ed in UnBoxed–click here if you missed that one!).
Competence or Compliance?
My friend and mentor, Elliot Washor posted a piece on his blog this week in which he drew a connection between airplane exit row policies and how we run schools. I wrote up some thoughts on this and conducted an experiment. Click here to learn what happened when I suggested to a flight attendant that we practice opening the overwing exit doors before takeoff…
How will U.S. Schools Approach Educating Recently Arrived Haitian Students?
This piece captures some of my initial concerns and hopes upon hearing that U.S. schools are enrolling large numbers of Haitian students. I’d really like to hear others’ thoughts on this, so if you have a moment to post a comment or share links to good articles on this topic, please do!
Click here for the article.
Who Do You Love? VIDEO
Last but not least, if you haven’t already watched this video, I highly recommend it. Not only does it star family members and friends, it’s also a brief, sweet, touching, lovable multimedia meditation on love!
Click here to watch the video, read my comments and add your own.
Some highlights from this week’s @husslington twitter feed:
Interesting opportunities in education…
Be a reader/reviewer for applications to the federal Investing in Education Fund! http://bit.ly/c6PxLx
Apply for Boston Arts Academy’s Summer Institute for Arts in Education! 6/28-7/1 http://bit.ly/98tcGk http://bit.ly/94i7UT (from @CESNational)
On the sad state of affairs in public education…
School Accused of Secretly Spying on Students Thru Laptop Webcams: http://bit.ly/cXkcB4 (from @mashable)
Statement from teachers of special ed kids in Seattle, suspended for not giving high stakes test to… http://bit.ly/cyJw3G (this is another one from @CESNational)
Should school principals have MBAs? http://bit.ly/a3DtrL (an interesting link from @EagleRockSchool)
On the music tip…
The hussla song of the week… http://bit.ly/bGNf13 (I’ve never been a huge Cuuurtis fan, but for all the haters, can you really front on this song?)
If you haven’t heard ‘Beauty’ by @RAEKWONICEWATER @noreaga & @JoellOrtiz nows the time. ’90s NYC vibe yet fresh n current! http://bit.ly/cxP31H
and the biggest headline of the week… Obama’s Embarrassing Ska Album Resurfaces (from The Onion)
Rest In Peace
To Malcolm X… May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965 http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=B64C1ABEE3B5C33F&search_query=malcolm+x+speeches
To Big L… 5/30/74-2/15/99 ‘im thru w that illegal life im stayin legit i love to see cars come cruisin by playin my…’ http://bit.ly/bqf7Uh
And to Lucille Clifton, who passed away last week http://bit.ly/dcfPXK
Until next week, keep husslin!