Dr. Bettina Love, professor at University of Georgia, writes about how it isn't enough to "love all students." This article is in Ed Week, published on March 18, 2019.
Dr. Bettina Love keynotes at the 2018 YWCA Racial Justice Summit in Madison, Wisconsin.
Dr. Love is an author and associate professor of educational theory and practice at the University of Georgia. She was a keynote presenter at the 2016 Conference for Community Arts Education, November 2-5, 2016. This is a highlight from her speech.
This impassioned talk explains how students who identify with Hip Hop culture have been ignored or deemed deficient in schools because of mainstream misconceptions associated with Hip Hop culture. Through Hip Hop, these students embody the characteristics of grit, social and emotional intelligence, and the act improvisation- all of which are proven to be predictors for academic success. So where is the break down between formalized education and the potential for success for these students? Dr. Love argues that ignoring students' culture in the classroom is all but an oversight; it's discrimination and injustice that plays out in our culture in very dangerous ways.
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