While surfing the web for something interesting to comment on for my first post, I came across an article called “Class Examines Hip-Hop as Teaching Tool”. The article talks about a class taught by Professor Gloria Ladson-Billings at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where the students learn how to think critically about hip-hop’s music and culture. Ladson-Billings believes that bringing hip-hop into the classroom will lead to a new type of excitement and energy that isn’t found in the traditional classroom setting. According to Ladson-Billings, “there’s a whole new vibe young people are into, and we’re ignoring it. And we could use it as an opportunity”. I agree with this argument because I believe that there is a lot of potential in hip-hop that people do not recognize. Many people do not understand hip-hop and fail to recognize the art form that it truly is. Reading the comments below the article, I was surprised to see quite a few negative comments like “what a bunch of freaking nonsense”. I would be interested to hear why these people disagree with incorporating hip-hop in the classroom because I personally believe that it is an excellent idea. I think it is a great way to spread understanding and appreciation of hip-hop music and culture, and I think it can bring an exciting new element to education. This is one of the reasons why I decided to take this class, and this is why I am happy to see that other schools are starting to utilize hip-hop as well.
Here’s the link to the article: http://www.channel3000.com/education/30282568/detail.html