On Jul 6, 2013, at 8:30 PM, GS Chandy <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I'd be most grateful if you'd explain to be just how "decency" enters into the issue.
A teaching activity would involve a teacher TEACHING. It would have been indecent if Richard insinuated that these students were being TAUGHT science.
From the article...
?For many students who are not successful, this is just something that they know how to do,? Emdin told WNYC?s radio show SchoolBook. However, some students had to work just as hard at mastering lyricism as they did at mastering topics like DNA, the Big Bang, or Darwinism. Tara Ware, a teacher at Validus Preparatory Academy in the Bronx, told The New York Times that the program also taught her students problem-solving and hard work. ?All my kids love rap, but some aren?t good at it, so they really had to work at it,? she said. ?It took more time to write a rap than write a three-page paper.?
No doubt they had to work at writing rap songs, but to call this STEM and Science Genius? To say that this makes them love science? How can they love something that they were neither taught nor learned? This is like a very cruel joke played on very unfortunate children. No knowing parent would tolerate such a thing. But alas, these children don't generally have knowing parents.