Ratchetdemic: Reimagining Academic Success


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Beacon Press
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5.4 X 8.6 X 1.0 inches | 0.98 pounds

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About the Author

Dr. Christopher Emdin is the Robert A. Naslund Endowed Chair in Curriculum Theory and Professor of Education at the University of Southern California; where he also serves as Director of youth engagement and community partnerships at the USC Race and Equity Center. He is also Scholar/Griot in Residence at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He previously served as Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education and Director of the Science Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University. The creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement and the Science Genius program, he is the author of the New York Times bestseller For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood...and the Rest of Y'all Too and Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation. Connect with him on Twitter @chrisemdin or on his website, www.chrisemdin.com.


"Ratchetdemic is a timely and essential resource for teachers, parents, and whoever else needs this compelling and accessible and above all absolutely refreshing take on pedagogy. Here's to more and more classrooms being filled with learning, healing and joy."
--Jacqueline Woodson, MacArthur Fellow and National Book Award winner for Brown Girl Dreaming

"Christopher Emdin reminds us of the importance of nurturing and celebrating the identities of all young people. Ratchetdemic will inspire a new generation to be their authentic selves both within and beyond the classroom. It is the written form of what our music aims to do."
--GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan

"Ratchetdemic reminds us of the skills and power that our students and teachers walk into the classroom with, how we need to honor those skills and that power, and the responsibility we have to our community. This is a must-read, rooted in demands for justice that our classrooms deserve."
--DeRay Mckesson, activist and host of Pod Save the People

"Chris Emdin has done it again. Ratchetdemic, a modern answer to Carter G. Woodson's 1933 Mis-Education of the Negro, pushes the boundaries of what school should be. While the current schooling enterprise propels us into the role of Woodson's psychically deadened, self-loathing 'Negro' who seeks to exterminate Black students' authentic selves in the name of 'education, ' Emdin instead asks that we free ourselves from the mechanistic, decontextualized lessons we've been trained to deliver and transform our education to embrace the real identities and experiences of Black (and, indeed, all) youth. While this book is politically and pedagogically revolutionary, it is really about igniting joy--in our teaching and in our students' souls. Welcome to 'Ratchetdemia'!"
--Lisa Delpit, author of "Multiplication Is for White People" and Other People's Children