ISBN: 166650484X
EAN13: 9781666504842
Language: English
Release Date: Aug 10, 2021
Pages: 0
Format: Compact Disc

Ratchetdemic: Reimagining Academic Success

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A revolutionary new educational model that encourages educators to provide spaces for students to display their academic brilliance without sacrificing their identities

Building on the ideas introduced in his New York Times best-selling book, For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood, Christopher Emdin introduces an alternative educational model that will help students (and teachers) celebrate ratchet identity in the classroom. Ratchetdemic advocates for a new kind of student identity--one that bridges the seemingly disparate worlds of the ivory tower and the urban classroom.

Because modern schooling often centers whiteness, Emdin argues, it dismisses ratchet identity (the embodying of negative characteristics associated with lowbrow culture, often thought to be possessed by people of a particular ethnic, racial, or socioeconomic status) as anti-intellectual and punishes young people for straying from these alleged academic norms, leaving young people in classrooms frustrated and uninspired. These deviations, Emdin explains, include so-called disruptive behavior and a celebration of hip-hop music and culture.

Emdin argues that being ratchetdemic, or both ratchet and academic (like having rap battles about science, for example), can empower Read More chevron_right

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