Daily, educators work to find more effective ways to increase minority student interest and achievement in the sciences. These efforts have led to Dr. Chris Emdin, of Columbia University, incorporating hip hop into the science instruction of students at 10 New York high schools.
According to Dr. Emdin, “the people who most embrace hip hop culture are the same populations that are most disinterested in schools, and most disinterested in science.” Emdin has even enlisted hip hop veteran GZA, of the Wu Tang Clan to support this initiative. Many studies have highlighted the positive impact of the arts on cognitive development. Perhaps projects such as this will encourage other innovative approaches in our schools.
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