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Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education Hardcover – August 28, 2011
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“Get the book." —George Clinton, founder, P-Funk
“This book is a gift. For those frustrated with current trends in education reform, Hip Hop Genius can offer some much-needed inspiration.” —Harvard Education Review
“Hip Hop Genius is a powerful and necessary work. Through his beautifully written account of the High School for Recording Arts, Sam Seidel offers real-world texture and nuance to the field of Hip-Hop Based Education. Hip Hop Genius doesn't force us to choose between theory and practice, or pragmatism and hope. This book is a sorely needed reminder of what is possible when we release our imaginations and mine the genius inside all of our children.” —Marc Lamont Hill, author, Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life
“In this insightful and illuminating book, we learn that hip hop is much more than a source of entertainment. It can and is being used as a medium for creativity and genius to be cultivated. Seidel shows us how one school is doing just that, and through his analysis of their work he reminds us of what could be possible for many more.” —Pedro A. Noguera, Executive Director, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at NYU
"Hip Hop Genius is a weapon for the defense of the resilience, brilliance, and strengths of young people and for schools designed to serve them. I wish we had had such a book as a weapon for our self-defense during the struggles of the sixties.” —Herbert Kohl, author, 36 Children
"With back bends for the older and back flips for the agile young, Hip Hop Genius exercises sound scholarship and creative, critical thinking as it confronts social disparities in America's educational crisis... Positioning hip hop against ideological conservatism, economic neglect, racism, sexism, and homophobia, Hip Hop Genius executes the essential moves." —Joy James, editor, Imprisoned Intellectuals
“Hip Hop Genius works—it will change the way you think about education and hip hop at the same time.” —William Upski Wimsatt, author, Bomb the Suburbs“Recommended.” —Choice
About the Author
Sam Seidel has taught in a variety of settings from first grade to community college and directed an award-winning arts program for young people in, and transitioning out of, prison. He now works with several national networks of innovative schools; speaks at education events; and writes for The Husslington Post, GOOD, and a variety of other publications. To learn more about his work, the book, and how you can book Sam to speak in your school or community, please check out www.HipHopGenius.org.
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The book is thought provoking and illuminating. The work going on at HRSA is awesome and so intense, that I got overwhelmed by reading it and seeing the work that is happening.
Read the book. Hip Hop can change lives and at HRSA, it is doing that everyday.
-Blair Ebony Smith, PhD Student, Syracuse University, Cultural Foundations of Education