Image: Twitter/Colleen Wright via Musicfeeds.com
Did you have a teacher who used music in class to help you better understand a story/lesson?
I had one…only one. Mr. Collins. My High School History teacher and I never forgot it.
So take that feeling, multiply it by 100 and we might be able to imagine how the kids at High Tech High School felt when Kendrick Lamar walked into class. All thanks to Mr. Mooney, English teacher and Poetry Club organizer at High Tech who used To Pimp A Butterfly to help analyze the 1970 novel, The Bluest Eye.
Kendrick found out about Mr. Mooney’s lesson after his blog post about using hip hop as a teaching tool went viral and the next thing you know, Kendrick is in the classroom with these kids.
As a college dropout myself who knows just how real the struggle is, it is so encouraging to know there is a teacher out there who gets it. We all learn differently…and just because you learn differently doesn’t mean you’re not intelligent.
Now thinking about it, the python was a perfect metaphor for my entire school career. Thx Wildlife Guy.
Ps – Tell Mr. Mooney, I think he’s got “Favorite Teacher” on lock.