Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Hip Hop Education

When I was a high school teacher, I used a lot of hip hop songs to teach American history. After reading this Newsweek blurb, I feel like I was part of a growing trend.

According to the article, some urban schools and summer camps are incorporating hip hop into their debate programs. The National Urban Debate League, a leading high school debate organization, has embraced this trend.

With the rapid fire lyrics and conversational style of most rap songs, it seems only natural that debate and hip hop would go together. Furthermore, as rappers of the Boots Riley, Dead Prez, and Kanye West ilk continue to weave political and economic messages into their songs, it's logical to assume that hip hop music will continue to provide a good forum for argument and rhetoric.


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