So, during my time in this class and in the TPC program, there have been many things that have surprised me, but hip hop pedagogy definitely tops the list. That said, after my initial shock and doubt, I must admit Del Heirro makes an incredible argument that not only supports the notion that hip hop pedagogy could be an asset to technical communication, but makes me genuinely wonder how I never considered it before? On page 255, he states “Hiphop pedagogies require a holistic approach to teaching that asks more from teachers and students. In order to create the kind of space where students of color are validated, the instructor must enact the kinds of pedagogical practices that decenter the teacher as the most important person in the classroom. S/he must also design a curriculum that is inclusive and aware of how power and privilege affect the classroom.” I absolutely 100% agree with this. Regardless of where it is practice and by whom, pedagogy must represent diversity in theory, methodology, and narrative. More importantly, pedagogy must be inclusive of all students. This can be incredibly difficult since you can never really predict what type of students you have, but if you create a curriculum that is inclusive and a pedagogy that represents the diversity seen in our present society well, then there is a better chance that students will connect to the material and take more away from their coursework.
Regarding Edwards’ chapter on race, I was excited to dive into reading TPC materials that discussed critical race theory so prominently. Race, which is considered socially constructed, plays an important role in the way each individual experiences life. The double standard minority races face when compared to their White counterparts has come under significant attention and scrutiny in recent times, especially regarding police brutality towards African Americans and the disproportionate number of African Americans being sent to jail when compared to their White counterparts guilty of the same offense. As Edwards mentioned on page 382, “the CRT movement is comprised of scholars and activists “interested in studying and transforming the relationship between race, racism, and power.” I certainly think the current relationship between race, racism, and power is in need of more attention and hope that the outcome of the CRT movement be that power is more equally distributed among the races. In this chapter, Edwards highlights five tenets: ordinariness, interest convergence, social construction, differential radicalization, and legal storytelling. Overall, a really interesting perspective on the role of race in writing and the TPC field.
Overall, I am really appreciative that I took this course and have been able to be part of the TPC program. I’m delighted by how extensively it has broken the many barriers and stereotypes I had of the topic. These last few weeks of focusing on highlighting diversity have really been awesome. I’m hopeful that progress in the field of technical and professional communication continues, because what progress has been accomplished so far has been enlightening and absolutely awesome.