By nature, children have a playful mind.
However, as I pointed out in the previous post (Forgotten Play), kids tend to forget that mind as they grow up. Unfortunately, education system and teachers can be the ones which take it away.
Therefore, educators themselves should have playful mind first in order to enhance kids’ play and learning, instead of destroying it.
And I think the key to that lies in ART, the “non-core subject” which tends to be underestimated.
What do you think about this entry’s title?
Some people might say “Rap in the classroom? No way!”
Nowadays, many countries’ education system incorporate poetry reading and writing. Some countries even include teaching “Haiku”, a very short form of Japanese poetry typically characterized by three phases (5-7-5 Japanse syllable pattern) with “Kigo” (a defined word or phrase that symbolizes or implies the season). Also, in Japanese education, students go through Chinese poetry which has a certain style and rhyme.
Well, the point is, poetry has a variety of styles, from which we can learn a lot of things in the classroom, and as a person who believes in the combination of hip hop and education (see “Hip hop education”), I think rap―Hip Hop version of poetry with rhyme―is no exception.
In addition, given that rapping is different from spoken word poetry in that it is performed in time to a beat, I think it requires more skills than other types of poetry.
And voila (!), there are some interesting examples on rapping in the classroom, such as “student rap contest”.