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Black Eyed Peas' Will.i.am Promotes 'New Way of Learning'

Black Eyed Peas' Will.i.am Promotes 'New Way of Learning'

Black Eyed Peas co-founder Will.i.am has spoken up for education by proposing a "new way of learning" for students including becoming entrepreneurs in technology. 

Will.i.am will appear at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum "to talk about how technology can provide what he called a 'new way of learning' as well as new skill sets and opportunities for communities and populations traditionally under-served by entrepreneurs," said an article on USAToday.com.

According to the article, Will.i.am "wants more young people from under-privileged backgrounds to aspire to be entrepreneurs, and to help accelerate that process."

Technology is a multitrillion-dollar industry if you take telecoms, hardware and software and couple it all together, and annually it [represents] gobs and gobs of money. But for some reason, kids in inner cities and even in good neighborhoods don't dream down that avenue by default. It's not like any of them ever wake up in the morning and say, 'Man, I'm going to get my Michael Dell on. Why aren't kids wanting to go that route? Why don't they try to Bill Gates it and think, 'If I come close at least I'm still cool. Role models. That's why. There's no one they can relate to. Let's take football.'

"If someone asks [someone from the inner city] what they want to be when they grow up, they're going to say, 'I want to be a running back,'" he continued. "Now, that's an eight-year career or something, and no one every really sees your face. And yet you have kids every day trying to be a running back. There's no one practicing coding in the hood."

According to the article, "part of his answer to that situation is his i.am angel charitable foundation that supports scholarships and initiatives that provide financial assistance and mentoring programs in schools and beyond. The focus is on science and technology, and learning outside the classroom on activities such as robotics."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor

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