Ain’t Nuthin’ But a College Thang
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  • LivingRock

    Perhaps a way to get to the “stuff known” model to replace the “time served” one? If the ultimate employer is investing in a specially designed education program, then they’ll surely accept whatever credential is given once the program is completed. This particular program is explained as a “four year program”, but what if the donor that funded the program demanded something else than the typical four year program? What if the donor said that MOOCs were to be part of the program? Would a university be so stupid as to turn down $70 mil and an attractive idea just b/c the donor had different ideas of degree

  • Of far greater use would be for them to concentrate on K-12. Seriously – NOT sarcastically: for tens of thousands of years learning (tradition, etc) was put to rhyme or song – a heckuva lot longer than into books. We have millions of educationally-underserved kids today in the worst neighborhoods with the worst schools with (charitably) non-supportive parents. What do these kids do and listen to ? Rap. Tell me – seriously – why a set of curricula – say the Constitution, US History, etc. – could not be put into rap and thus into these kids’ learning system? Maybe even basic math. Seriously. And why would these entrepreneurs not be the right people to do so? ANYTHING that can aid in the education of the inner city would be huge. Anything. This does not seem as though it would be difficult – and the dividends could be huge.

    • skhpcola

      Because rap degrades the cultural values that shaped the greatest nation in the history of civilization. Encouraging the fetid swamp of hip-hop and rap would be a disservice to those that embrace it. If they want to be pimps and hoes and thugs, that’s their choice…but we shouldn’t be complicit in the destruction of our culture.

      And that’s not racist, to head off any plaints in that forming in the brains of readers. It is demonstrable fact.

      • Nick M.

        But is this supposed degradation from the sound, or the words? Scipio advocates the use of the wording to advance education. I’m only a slight fan of some rap/hip-hop, but isn’t this the same argument people use to use against rock?

        I for one applaud Dr. Dre and Iovine for this not insignificant contribution, not just for the cause, but how they did it. They didn’t demand other people’s money to do it through taxation. They put their own money up. So if this program succeeds, they should also get the bulk of the credit for it. And if it fails, at least they had the courage to use their own capital to try to reform a failing system.

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