Urban Student Culture is NOT Anti-Academic
#Academia often (unconsciously) perceives embracing #urban cultures as anti-academic.
Telling #students to remove hats, stop creating (beats on tables), and shunning students for speaking up. These same activities are positively reinforced outside of the classroom.
I attempt to rewire this inconsiderate engineering of our youth's circuitry. I have them create #raps about science, brainstorm ways that their fitted caps can become #WearableTech and learn how their own #culture is INNATELY related to #STEM.
I believe a huge impetus behind African American and Latinx youth disengagement in #STEM fields is what they see around them.
From the entry point - where #STEM is seen as "only for the 'gifted'" and white scientists are depicted in cartoons and movies.
To the workplace - Where several of my volunteer staff are the only women/people of color in their office or team.
Do you agree? Let's discuss.