Our discussion of Marc Lamont Hill’s Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity produced many themes and questions. Here are a few. Feel free to continue discussion by posting comments.
- Teachers being afraid.
- The importance of storytelling in cultivating meaningful relationships.
- The various levels of resistance (social, institutional, and psychological) to treating humans as individual beings.
- The role of bravado and machismo in identity work.
- Is there more of a need to cultivate authentic relationships with students in a culturally diverse classroom?
- How can you cultivate meaningful relationships with students while honoring the need for professionalism?
- What do you have in your “teacher’s toolbox” beyond curriculum?
- Has fear prevented you from culturally engaging students in your classroom?
- How can you engage youth perspective of popular culture as a rich and meaningful source of learning that has traditionally been subordinated to traditional academic perspectives?
- What is the role of popular culture in the formation of a young person’s identity?
We also viewed and discussed the 1995 film Kids.