"The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” -Einstein
As an actor, teacher, and advocate, James Miles has had several mentors help him along the way. He now leads Mentor Washington, an organization that helps connect thousands of youth with quality mentors.
James talks about the importance of Hip Hop in Education and Transformational Leadership
We are failing young people in this country. The USA public education system is not preparing our youth for colleges, nor careers, especially those in the 21st century. We are still using the industrialized model of the 19th century where we are preparing youth to work on assembly lines, that no longer exist in 2020. We have seen this decline despite the efforts of No Child Left Behind, ESSA, Charter Schools, Busing strategies found here in Seattle, and this recent focus on STEM. With all of these new strategies to boost grades, there has been a removal of arts from schools, as well as play. Hip Hop is a global culture that is also the culture of young people. More than music, hip hop culture is the styles, sounds, visuals, and technology that is pervasive in our society. When Snoop Dogg is selling Pepsi. Missy Elliot is selling Doritos. Kendrick Lamar is Pulitzer Prize winner. We need to flip education on its head, by responding to, and acknowledging the culture, in educators work: youth culture. Students who may have trouble reading are hyperliterate when it comes to Kendrick Lamar lyrics. Students that have trouble with math can tell you how much money Kendall Jenner is worth and her breakdown of investments. We, educators, aren’t asking the right questions. James transformational leadership strategies will introduce successful strategies for engaging youth in school and helping them succeed through a hip hop paradigm, and feature performances by educators and artists working nationally in hip hop education.
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