Breakbeat Pedagogy: Hip-Hop and Spoken Word Beyond the Classroom Walls (Counterpoints) (Paperback) by Mooney Brian
Breakbeat Pedagogy provides a groundbreaking framework for the inclusion of hip-hop culture in schools. Looking beyond the previous model of hip-hop-based education Brian Mooney argues for school-wide hip-hop events such as poetry slams as the ideal site for students to engage in the elements of hip-hop culture. Working from the perspective of a classroom teacher the author reflects on the story of Word Up
a hip-hop and spoken word poetry event that began with students in a New Jersey high school. He makes the case for a pedagogy with the potential to transform urban schools and the way we think about them. This is essential reading for any teacher committed to social justice and culturally relevant education.