May 4, 2010, - 6:18 pm
Got problems with students who can only, um, “converse” in Ebonics and don’t want to learn real English, math, or American history?
Meet Your Kids’ New Publick Skool Teachahz
Well, Hip Hop Hooray. Do I have a curriculum for you! My law school and business school alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has an “if you can’t educate ’em, join ’em” way to further downgrade your teaching skills and finally “get down with the struggle” and be real with your students.
Among the new high-flown languages in which you’ll be “educated” (or rather de-educated) to speak is “Nuyorican.” And here’s more on this scintillating way of using hip-hop in the classroom (because our students aren’t dumbed-down nearly enough). Love that multi-culturalism.
Now celebrating its fifth year, the Hip-Hop Educator and Community Leader Training Institute will be held on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus from July 7-11. . . .
Once again, the UW-Madison Office of Multicultural Initiatives will team up with Urban Word NYC to offer this weeklong program for teachers, educators, community leaders and education students to learn the best practices in hip-hop and spoken word pedagogy.
“Spoken word and hip-hop pedagogy is vital because it not only aligns itself with the voice of our next generation of young scholars and leaders, but also because it makes relevant a culture that has impacted and connected our global community,” said Michael Cirelli, executive director of Urban Word NYC and director of the institute.
Um, how can they use the word “scholar” and “hip-hop” in the same sentence with a straight face? Ditto for pedagogy. With hip-hop, it’s more like pedophilogy.
Institute participants will learn proven, hands-on techniques that will help them to develop lesson plans and strengthen their course study, as well as create a platform from which they will understand the scope of hip-hop history, culture and politics, Cirelli said. The learning component is supported with night programming by lecturers and performers who will synthesize the day sessions with effective strategies and cutting-edge multicultural educational approaches.
“Hip-hop history”? Is that like memorizing the day that Russell Simmons and Rev. Run bought their first pair of laceless Adidas? Or is it the date the first naked butt was shaken in front of the camera in a rap video? Or maybe it’s the first day Ice T smoked his first crack pipe with a stripper. Forget reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic. Perhaps it’s the day Professor Griff of Public Enemy uttered his first “Dirty Jew” reference. It’s very important to America’s future that kids in school learn the important facts of hip-hop.
Math problem: If 50 Cent has 9 bullets in his body, but gets two removed while all but two of his 30 tattoos are lasered off so he can star in movies, how many women did he infect with herpes divided by how many used condoms need to be recycled to keep things green?
“These opportunities will help educators deepen their practice as spoken word and hip-hop educators, as well as engage the best practices in student-centered liberatory education models.”
What the heck is “liberatory education”? Spare me. I don’t want to know.
This year’s instructors include lead institute instructor Michael Cirelli, Christina Marin on theatrical methodologies, . . . Patrick Camangian on the teaching tools to help students develop critical ideology, Lavie Raven on integrating art in the curriculum, along with Sam Sellers (DJ Rabbi Darkside) and Tracee Worley on using existing knowledge bases to broaden academic success, including standardized test scores.
New Book: How to Score 1,600 on Your SATs Through the Study of ‘Lil Wayne Lyrics While Visiting Him in Prison and Sending Greetings to His Four Kids with Four Women by DJ Rabbi Darkside. Yeah, that’s the academic ticket.
Daily workshops are paired with a week of evening performances featuring readings, panel discussions, hip-hop theater and a concert. Two poetry powerhouses, McKibbens and Regie Cabico will kick things off, while a fresh line up of local and NYC hip-hop artists close out the week. Featured artists include NYC underground kingpin Homeboy Sandman and the Vancouver/Brooklyn crew Old Money.
Yes, that sounds like the recipe for academic success and the highlight of becoming an educated American: listening to Homeboy Sandman. What–no HomeBitch SandHo? These guys are sexist.
The workshop is the winner of the 2007 North American Association of Summer Sessions “Creative and Innovative Program Award,” and enrollment in the summer institute has topped more than 40 community volunteers and educators. Now in its fifth year, the teacher-training institute has grown with additional support from both Professors Carl Grant and Paula Wolfe of the UW-Madison School of Education’s curriculum and instruction program.
Just how much federal and state tax money is going to finance this BS “instruction” on how to warp the young mind even more than it already is?
The following evening lectures, panel discussions and performances are free and open to the public . . . .
Friday, July 9
“First Wave Jump Off Concert” with NYC’s Underground Hip-Hop Phenom, Homeboy Sandman, and Brooklyn to Vancouver Transplants, Old Money, at 7 p.m., Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium, 816 State St.
Saturday, July 10
Spoken Word Theater Piece “Daddy Dress Up” by Thiahera Nurse at 7 p.m., Memorial Union Terrace, 800 Langdon St. Nurse is from Hollis, Queens, and is the newest addition to the award-winning First Wave program at UW-Madison.
Wow, high culture. And you wonder why each generation of American kids is dumber and more incompetent than the next. A curriculum of “Daddy Dress Up” might be a hint why.
Tags: dumbing down of America, Education, Hip hop curriculum, Hip-Hop, public school, teachers, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education