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New York City Schools Hire The GZA of The Wu-Tang Clan to Teach Science

(AllHipHop News) In Hip-Hop’s early years it was scrutinized as a genre by popular media, the government and the general public for being violent, obscene and destructive to the communities of America.

Coupled with the popular opinion that “the streets” have ways of taking kids out of their desks in the classroom and to the corners of their local neighborhoods, Hip-Hop’s educational value was deemed limited from the start.

But not so fast –  according to a recent CBS news story, hip-hop music is being used in New York City’s public schools to teach 9th graders about science by writing rhymes and rapping.

The pilot program uses Hip-Hop music to teach science in ten of New York City’s public schools and was co-founded by Dr. Chris Emdin of Columbia University’s Teachers College and The Gza.

The Gza actually came up with the idea for the pilot program and Dr. Chris Emdin was able to bring it to fruition.

“The people who most embrace hip-hop culture are the same populations who are most disinterested in school and disinterested in science,” Emdin explained in an interview about the rapping science program.

“To me, the markers of success are the students who see themselves as scientists, who are having conversations about science,” Emdin said.

In seeking ways to engage minority students, Emdin formed an alliance with the Wu-Tang’s The GZA, who has been a guest speaker and instrumental in the children’s development.

Even though the GZA dropped out of high school in the 10th grade, the GZA says he has a lifelong passion for science that he wants to share it through the program he co-founded.

“The goal is just to awaken the children, make them more aware and embrace science and everything connected to it,” GZA said.

The work with New York City’s school system comes on the heels of GZA’s work with some of the world’s top physicists and cosmologists at MIT and Cornell University, as they consulted him for his project Dark Matter, verifying the scientific possibilities of his rhymes.

According to the CBS study, across the country, the latest study of high school seniors shows Asians had the best average test scores in science. Latino and black students had the lowest.

Check the video below and check the rhymes!

  • therealest1

    Interesting shit.

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  • Good ishh..gotta reach the kids somehow

  • That is what the fugg is up!

    GZA = Winning

    • hoeyuno

      The genius!!!!! Good look for public school. I woulda went to class if the wu was teaching that shit…

      • “Killable, two syllable, the Wu is coming through, the outcome critical”

    • RAP Music

      God damn who wouldnt want to have GZA as your teacher. I dont care when he dropped out of high school the guy sounds/is intelligent. I know plenty of college educated people who are dumber than shit, and others who barely got a GED who are very smart. Only thing college shows (im talking 4 year degrees or associates) is that you are dedicated enough to see something through till the end. I went to college and honestly feel like i learned very little and wasted money. Best part of college is the women/social scene, the rest (except doctorates or actual difficult degrees like engineering, mathematics, biology, basically degrees that require knowledge that not only is useful but actually difficult to learn/master) are basically pointless but alot of jobs require them or at the minimum having a B.A. can raise your chances of getting a interview or put yourself above the other hundreds of applicants most companies receive when they post a job opening. My political science degree helped me zero percent i what i do now, and honestly i have no more knowledge or interest in politics than the random person on the street. Only reason i picked Poli Sci is it was the easiest types of classes to me, somewhat interesting, and you have to pick a major after 2 years (well around 2 years, i think a bit earliar but you can wait along time before you gotta pick a major and most people i knew in college switched majors atleast once if not multiple times. Best thing my bachelors degree got me was a interview an eventual job at microsoft,but before that it was temp work which certainly doesnt require even completing vocational/community colleges. Worst part of college was having to take chemistry and mother f&cking calculus.

      • I hear ya’, I’m in school now, but taking business & legal, so it’s a bit different, but only 3 brothers in my school, so the chicks be hawking like a mudda chucka.

        The BA helped, in the way you said, put you over the top of the people without one, but it also helped in ways you don’t see.

        Are your friends the same type of people (New Friends) or are they more educated & working better jobs?

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  • Lamar Star

    Thats wassup

  • NostalgiaEra

    “It’s 10 o’clock hoe, where the F**k’s your seed at?”…. At school learning science w/ the GZA.

    • RAP Music

      That was a RZA line.

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  • Reblogged this on theliftchair and commented:
    I am not one to embrace the trendy “social entrepreneur” moniker. However, I do believe in the need for social innovation and you will not find many programs as creative and innovative as Dr. Chris Emdin’s program utilizing hip hop (with help from The GZA) to educate youth in the area of Science.
    Mad props.

  • Great indicator of how screwed up our society really is……….Yes you are a certified rapper but we need professionals in our schools who are disciplined enough to teach our kids….Not some rapper who happens to be famous….If I was a parent of any one of those kids I would take the entire school board to court, for bringing someone off the streets into the classroom with no institutional credentials.

    • shaun ackson

      So the PhD from Columbia University who is there with him and organizing the project is not a professional?

    • RAP Music

      Please, you been to college? You dont get taught by the professor. You get taught 95% of the time by a T.A, aka a Grad student and see the professor maybe once a week for lecture and at midterm/finals. Plus i’ve had countless professionals teach me who were so stupid and horrible at their job its criminal how much school costs. Sure rappers as a whole shouldnt be teachers, and like Shaun pointed out i doubt they just went to GZA and said hey make up your own plan/class and run with it. Im sure it was highly organized/planned out and him being a rapper has ZERO to do with his intelligence. Also hes teaching, and im sure like once or twice as guest speaker, 9th graders. Hes not runnning columbia’s medical school. You are overreacting. There is no part in this article (mind you its written by all hip hop, the worst website/journalists on the face of the planet so i wouldnt take anything they write as gospel or even probable). God forbid some kids might take an interest in science because of this. And again Dior this is AHH we are talkng about, they are insanely inaccurate and dumb with their reporting. Also on top of everything else most teachers on this level (being 9th grade) are themselves not to bright and without the answer book would be teaching your children wrong bullcrap.

  • gunnstarr

    what the fuck……do they not want kids to learn?

  • Eric Collapsar

    This is definitely a good thing for HIPHOP on a whole. GZA always dropped knowledge , trying to reach the youth. Goes to show that you never stop learning. The only way to grow, is to have your thoughts and theories tested, in order to refine them.

  • Wu Tang is for the kids….

    • *Children

      >>Proceeds to shut down the Grammys…..

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    Gza thinks he’s god, some scientist! tfoh