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Makin' It: The Hip-Hop Guide to True Survival

Posted Apr 12 2006

When it comes to education, teachers can be divided into to broad camps: those who teach students and those who teach subjects.

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Cover of Makin' ItWhen it comes to education, teachers can be divided into to broad camps: those who teach students and those who teach subjects. The former adjust their lessons to fit the unique needs of their students while the latter teach the subject matter the same way, no matter the students background. While there are pros and cons of both, most teachers fall in between. Either way, it is apparent that more and more students are not getting the formal education that they need to succeed in life. For the student-based teachers, a key way to get students involved with the academic curriculum is to use popular culture. In this day of age, what is bigger than hip hop? DeJesus, President of the Youth Development and Research Fund, brings us a book that helps young people address survival skills, including ways of dealing with drama and job skills through the use of hip-hop language and references. As such, this is less of a hip-hop book and more of a youth empowerment book that uses hip hop to engage young people. Makin' It includes 12 activities and a resource list, moving it beyond mere rhetoric. Stories and quotes highlight key points, lists clearly organize concepts, and an easy-to-read layout make this accessible to a wide-range of readers. Young people and adults working with youth should've been picked this one up!

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