Gabriel Benn, a D.C. rapper cum school teacher, believes hip-hop and higher learning go hand in hand. Click below to see what he and others are doing to make rhymes and word play part of a balanced curriculum.

Reading, Writing, Lyricmetic

Those who have a command of the language very often control the flow of information and thus are in charge. There are many ways to go about developing that command, including using a language with which the youth are familiar. Some think it can be done through grappling only with the "classics." Benn and others are proving, now more than ever, that Shakespeare and Co. are going to have to make some room.