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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Sense Publishers (February 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9087909861
  • ISBN-13: 978-9087909864
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Emdin is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he also serves as associate director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education. He is an Alumnus Caperton and Hip-Hop Archive Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He was recently honored as a STEM Access Champion of Change by the White House and currently serves as a Minorities in Energy Ambassador for the US Department of Energy. The creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement and Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S., and author of the award-winning book Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation, Emdin has written on issues of race, culture, inequality, and education for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, among others.

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Not surprisingly, the hip-hop generation and science educators within urban education classrooms experience major conflicts of interest. Unfortunately, within this tug-of-war for power, students tangibly succumb due to the overarching goals of meeting annual year progress (AYP) and the overwhelming focus on passing standardized examinations. In essence, since educational establishments measure success by grades earned without taking the systematic fallacies into account, urban students suffer and are stigmatized as lacking the ability and desire to achieve in science. Various scholars stand at the forefront challenging this idea that is in route to causing an apartheid among minorities who have the ability to become scientists (see Banks, 2003; Ball and Muhammad, 2003; Noguera and Wing, 2006).

Edmond reveals a host of factors that prohibits fruitful connections in between urban science education learning communities and the hip-hop generation. Traditionally science has been monolithically taught in spaces where educators lectured to students with the expectation that students will regurgitate the disseminated data through a test or lab project, while the hip-hop generation learning style unapologetically vary from the antiquated science teaching methodology. These intelligent students have higher chances at achieving when teaching methodologies allows dialogues among peers, just as it is within the hip-hop culture. This dialogue empowers student to be free thinkers and mentally digest information. The author notes that "participants in hop-hop generally view science classrooms as fields that impede their excitement about learning new things or actively participating in an activity" (p.31).
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If you're a teacher in a city and are interested in creating a classroom that engages children who have been systematically marginalized, this book is essential. It is the only one of it's kind and Chris Emdin is incredible. Don't believe me? Check out one of his videos online THEN come back and buy this book.
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Magnificent book that bring in the reality of our public schools system were minorities students ( mostly Africans, African Americans and Hispanics) are wrongly assess as not communicating their knowledge in science.

This book clearly recommends teachers to engage in reading and interpreting the unfamiliar gestures and verbal languages of the multicultural students in the science classrooms.
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This book is amazing. The ideas are innovative, the critiques of schooling are spot on, the challenges for educators are inspiring, and it makes me see that the hip-hop generation has immense potential. I will recommend it to every science teacher.... better yet every educator I know
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