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Education Movement Music – I.C.Will

High quality education brightens the future of any child, but how do we keep kids focused on their education? Is this the responsibility of the kids, parents, teachers, government or everybody? It’s a pretty complex issue – as Leslie reminds me every time she comes home from her class on the sociology of education. Our government is trying to figure out ways to improve the public education system and there is a lot of political debate about how to provide a brighter future for the upcoming generations, but the clock is ticking and for some people the time to act is NOW!

One of these people is our friend Ian Willey, AKA I. C. Will. He is an amazing teacher (former TFA!), truly passionate about education, and also a fantastic musician. He has mixed both of his passions, teaching and hip hop, to create education movement music as a medium to increase awareness of the numerous issues in the education world. His plan is not only to reach as many people as possible, but also motivate children to express themselves and use their creativity in constructive ways.

Educacion de alta calidad ilumina el futuro de cualquier nino, pero como mantenemos a los ninos enfocados en su educacion? Es esto responsabilidad de los ninos, padres, profesores, gobierno o todo el mundo? Es un asunto complejo – como Leslie siempre me lo recuerda cuando vuelve a casa despues de clases de sociologia de la educacion. Nuestro gobierno esta tratando de encontrar maneras de mejorar el sistema de educacion publica y hay mucho debate politico sobre como ofrecer un futuro mas brillante para las generaciones que vienen, pero el reloj avanza y para algunas personas el momento de actuar es AHORA!

Una de estas personas es nuestro amigo Ian Willey, conocido como I.C. Will. El es un profesor increible, verdaderamente apasionado por la educacion, y tambien un musico fantastico. El ha mezclado sus intereses, ensenar y hip hop, para crear musica de movimiento educacional como un medio para expresar todos los problemas que existen en el mundo de la educacion. Su plan es hacer saber sobre estos problemas a la mayor cantidad de gente posible, pero tambien motivar a los ninos a expresarse y usar su creatividad de maneras constructivas.

I.C. Will is a good friend of the family (he is the same age as Leslie’s brother Ian – they both used to write music and record together in high school) and he visits us in Nashville regularly (he comes down a few times a year to record). Leslie’s dad (John McClure) recorded and mixed his latest CD at Jonny Mac Studio and now he is working on new material. It is amazing to hear all the good work he is doing in schools in the Bronx  – seriously, a passionate teacher with a love for hip hop music working in schools in the Bronx? That’s a match made in heaven. It makes you want to go out there and follow in his footsteps. I.C. Will es un buen amigo de la familia (tiene la misma edad que el hermano de Leslie, Ian – ellos escribian musica juntos y grabaron un par de discos en el liceo) y nos visita en Nashville regularmente (viene a grabar). El papa de Leslie (John McClure) grabo y mezclo su ultimo CD en los estudios Jonny Mac y ahora trabajan en material nuevo. Es increible escuchar sobre el buen trabajo que esta haciendo en las escuelas del Bronx – en serio, un profesor con pasion por ensenar, con amor por el hip hop trabajando en escuelas del Bronx? Una mezcla hecha en el cielo. Te hace querer seguir sus pasos.
We have no doubt that he will become a powerful figure in the education movement. He and his wife Leyla have been deeply involved in improving the quality of education in this country since they both joined Teach for America several years ago, and his music will be an inspiration for many generations. If you want to know more about I. C. Will, visit his website http://www.icwill.com/. If you want to support his efforts and enjoy his music, check out his CD in ITunes. You can also follow him on Facebook , Twitter , Youtube and MySpace. Here we leave you with a couple of his latest songs….ENJOY! (You can hear Leslie’s voice in the song I.C. Will!) No tenemos duda que se convertira en una figura poderosa en el movimiento educacional. El y su esposa Leyla han estado muy  involucrados en mejorar la calidad de la educacion de este pais desde que se unieron a Ensenar America varios anos atras, y su musica sera una inspiracion para muchas generaciones. Si quieres saber mas sobre I.C. Will, visita su website http://www.icwill.com/. Si quieres apoyar su esfuerzo y disfrutar su musica, baja su CD en ITunes. Tambien lo puedes seguir en Facebook , Twitter , Youtube y MySpace. Aqui los dejamos con un par de sus ultimos sinbgles…DISFRUTEN! (Pueden escuchar la voz de Leslie en la cancion I.C. Will!)

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