This post is going to be a slight departure from my usual posts. I had the pleasure of meeting one of the founders of a website called Music Notes. It was started by two teachers looking for a new way to engage kids at the middle school they teach at. They have created an entire library of hip-hop themes songs and videos all about mathematics ranging from pre-algebra to geometry. Check out a couple of the song samples, you will be as impressed as I was!
The reason I say this is a “slight” departure from my usual posts because I do spend quite a bit of time talking about what I refer to as “America Waking Up”. Lamar and his project are a great example of the kind of work and thinking that is changing things for the better. This man teaches math to middle school kids in South Central Los Angeles. The fact that he teaches the subject people like the least, to the kids who are of the age where they hate everyone, in an area that is not known for its high-end educational facilities is amazing enough. The fact that he not only faced this challenge but thought of a creative way to overcome the challenge is even more spectacular. And then he created a website to spread this unique idea to other schools, thereby leveraging the impact of his idea by factors.
Maybe if we could figure out how to make more Lamars, and pay them what they are worth, American students wouldn’t be dead last in the developed world in math and science skills!
I highly encourage you to check out the site and spread the word!