Nolan Jones, associate adjunct professor, Mills College
Iovine and Dre’s proposed high school appears to embody knowledge and entrepreneurialism, which are considered two elements of hip-hop culture.
The school is set to provide multidisciplinary education. If this is successful, it is a great way to help students uncover their potential and hidden talents through experience and formal education. It is also a possible way to provide education that can be applied in the real world.
With one of the founders being a hip-hop icon, and since hip-hop continues to be a dominant force in popular entertainment and youth culture, I also see the school as an avenue to foster entrepreneurialism.
Entrepreneurialism taps into the creative and inventive parts of hip-hop. It encourages self-employment, self-education, business management and practices of fair trade, such as receiving fair payment for work produced.
Given the nature of Iovine and Dre’s proposed school, it will likely speak to the interests of potential hip-hop creatives.