On this episode of Hip-Hop Can Save America, aka ‘the world’s smartest hip-hop podcast’ — Scholar, youth leader, minister, poet, rapper, and content curator for probably the largest Hip-Hop based education community in the world — Timothy David Jones.
Education doesn’t always take place in the halls of an academic institution. And even when it does, it doesn’t have to come from traditionally accredited educators following what many call outdated instructional guidelines — guidelines that all-too-often fail to take into account the unique cultural attributes of many students.
For decades, Timothy David Jones has been proving that there is a better way, by incorporating a Hip-Hop ethos in his work educating and counseling young people.
And he’s not alone.
Timothy is the Chief Visionary Officer at #HipHopEd, a digitally-birthed organization with a sprawling membership of brilliant educators and passionate advocates that know just how powerful this intersection can be — and how urgent it is for teachers and administrators across the country and throughout the world to understand and implement these ideas.
In this episode, Timothy, who is currently a lecturer and Hip-Hop Scholar in Residence at Teachers College, Columbia University, details his own path to Hip-Hop based education, how he e-stumbled in his #HipHopEd role, his company Techniques4Learning, and, as an ordained minister, how religion and spirituality blend into the mix.
Here’s my talk with Timothy David Jones.