Reading: Emery Petchauer, “Starting With Style: Toward a Second Wave of Hip-Hop Education Research and Practice,” Urban Education 2015, Vol. 50(1), pp. 78–105.
Andrew Marantz, “Kanye West For President”, The New Yorker. (31 Aug 15):
Hip-Hop.... A way to offer a voice and mechanism to move forward, perhaps to take a negative situation and turn it into a positive way forward? Individuals who have had challenges in their lives as a result of their race, economic situation, circumstances (ruptures).. and the opportunity to offer a means of communication.
For individuals whose music becomes mainstream - the opportunity to take that voice to the masses and use it as a means to speak up for those who cannot, or aren't being heard. To make difficult or controversial political or social statements. A manner for getting messages to mainstream. A voice and abilty to share a message through a less frightening medium, to provide an inference.. lead in sentence with a pause to allow the listener to follow the thought through..
The Petchauer reading highlighted specific highschool programs for learners who were not successful in other learning environments. The effort to meet the learner at their interest point. Highlights individuals capabilities and works to encourage learners to meet their potentials recognizing and in fact perhaps utilizing their backgrounds and circumstances to move forward.