Why education needs hip hop

Why education needs hip hop, James Miles, TEDxSeattle

For Seattle-based educator James Miles, hip hop is more than a style of music – it’s a global youth culture.

He believes we need to meet students where they are by inviting that culture into the classroom. This fun and infectious approach to teaching helps kids reconnect with the joy of learning, become more engaged, and even perform better on standardised tests.



About the speaker

James Miles is the executive director of the Seattle-based Arts Corps. He works to revolutionise arts education by igniting the creative power of young people through culturally engaging learning experiences.

Formerly, Miles was Director of Education at Urban Arts Partnership in New York City and has taught theatre and education as an adjunct professor at NYU. He serves on the board of directors for the Association of Teaching Artists and the Teaching Artist Journal. A graduate of Morehouse College with an MFA from Brandeis University, Miles has spoken on arts, technology and education, and provided professional educational development around the world.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organised by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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