Teacher Uses Rap Music To Turn Sixth Graders Into Climate Justice Warriors

By |2016-06-05T19:13:04+00:00June 5th, 2016|Climate|6 Comments

A teacher at a middle school in Minnesota used a group of rappers and musicians to teach sixth graders why man-made global warming is bad and fossil fuels should be left in the ground.

Kate Lewandowski, a sixth grade teacher at Blackhawk Middle School in Madison, Minnesota, invited six hip-hop artists into three of her science classes to work with students to craft rhymes and create songs on science-related issues like greenhouse gasses and global warming.

“It’s been a huge motivator,” Lewandowski told reporters. “I have students Daily Caller  New Foundationthat haven’t cared much about science and haven’t put in much of an effort, even though they’re very capable. With this project, I’ve seen so many students like that turning in their assignments, raising their hand in class and asking questions — I haven’t seen that all semester.”

This is the second year that Lewandowski has collaborated with the Urban Community Arts Network, or UCAN, to work on teaching kids about science, or climate science. She said it is also important to reach black students as well as white ones, and get them interested in topics like global warming, as well as other scientific topics.

“The kids I’m seeing more engagement from are the black and multiracial students,” Lewandowski added. “A lot of my white students are really into it too, as are the students of other culture. But the white students are really into school anyway.”

The rappers are paid through Dane Arts and the city’s Emerging Opportunities program, which receives funding through the city of Madison.

“It was hard coming up with raps,” about climate science at first, sixth-grader Abubacarr Darboe, 12, said, adding that the project helped him understand how oil and fossil fuels in general is causing man-made global warming.

One of Lewandowski’s favorite rhymes includes lyrics such as, “Malaria, West Nile, Lyme disease / If we fix these things we can live at ease” and “H2O, or you can call it water / doubles the temp of CO2, it gets hotter.”

It appears training citizens to be climate justice warriors is a growing fad, as former Vice President Al Gore showed Wednesday when he explained his decision to travel to China and teach citizens how to be so-called Climate Reality Leaders.

“The Paris Agreement — which could not have been achieved without China’s global leadership and determination – lays the foundation for countries, businesses, investors, and citizens around the world to support and work toward the sustainable growth of a clean energy economy,” Gore said in a press statement on Wednesday.

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  1. Jason Calley June 6, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Wow! I just can’t wait to hear the results of the NEXT big project, the one where they make rap music to teach children about burning witches!

  2. Dano2 June 6, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    Good on that teacher.



  3. Christine Dargis Laramee June 6, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    Just a little wee bit of Brain washing !!! Time to teach our own kids I guess!! This Teacher should be FIRED!!

  4. Guest June 7, 2016 at 1:52 AM

    yet possibly teaching kids to actually think for themselves and develop there own thoughts/opinions on there own apparently just slips there mind completely.

    of course. no one cares about people being able to decide for themselves on there views on politics, philosophy, science, morality, religion, etc. We should just teach children one way, that way they will be more inclined to support us rather then our opposition.

    Leftists and Religious people once again demonstrate how often they are similar in the tactics they use to brainwash people at young ages in order to indoctrinate them into there cult and support there policies. ever wonder why Leftism and Religion always seem to prey on the young and impressionable minds? This is how you know that both these groups are clearly wrong when they have to go ahead and decide for you what to think, and why everything the other side says is wrong by default because “They said so” or “God Said so” or the “majority said so” etc.

  5. Kicker August 17, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    Her approach is very interesting. That she’s teaching a lie is not.

  6. ninetyninepct October 8, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    Can we next expect to see her creating a rap about alla akbar, that alla is greater, that a man is equal to two women, that women must wear headbags to show they are not equal and that they submit to Sharia. Any bets the teacher drives to work on asphalt roads?

    I wonder if any of her kids can add or subtract? Teachers must teach, not brainwash and force their own opinions on kids.

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