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The Revolution will be Subtweeted: The Evolving Face of Pedagogy

The academy needs reform.

“Wake up all the teachers; time to teach a new way. Maybe then they’ll listen to whatcha have to say. Cause they’re the ones who’s coming up and the world is in their hands. When you teach the children teach ‘em the very best you can.”

Maybe Teddy Pendergrass had the answer to a modern day problem 42 years ago. Currently, colleges suffer from poor academic advising, high tuition, and archaic course offerings and majors.

Simply put, Higher education cannot afford to sustain itself under its current business model. Old school academics must welcome new school pedagogy with open arms for the sake of Academic freedom and successful student matriculation.

The academy needs reform.

In 2015, Jemayne created ENG 296 Sole Food: Digestible Sneaker Culture. Sole Food is the first English course in the history of higher education dedicated to identification within sneaker culture. Via Marxist Theory, Sole Food analyses the global impact of sneakers.

Students learn how the signature shoe of a Japanese pitching Phenom became marketed—almost exclusively—to the African Americans. In the course, the status symbol is exposed for what it actually is, Proletariat wear.

Why is the course important? It validates the student. It shows them that their personal interest is worthy of academic study. If the literary canon can be redefined, so can a liberal arts education.

It teaches students how to think, learn and see things as a whole. It also contributes to a student’s happiness. If you’re happy and you know it, raise your hand.

The storms of change are brewing o’er the academy; our students ARE our meteorologists.



Jemayne Lavar King, a native of Franklin, Virginia is a member of Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, and Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society. Jemayne’s first poem Richard Morgan Flier was published in 2002, followed by books Sole Food: Digestible Sneaker Culture, Life Within the Dorm: and Other College Related Poems, Managing Relationships: Bridging the Communication Divide, and 20 First Dates: The Poetic Mixtape. Jemayne is the creator of the world’s first collegiate English course dedicated to identification within Sneaker Culture.

Professor King holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/News Media from Elizabeth City State University, and a Master of Arts in English/Literature from Virginia State University. He is currently a candidate for a PhD in Literary Criticism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 2014, King became an ambassador for the American Heart Association, when he won the organization’s Lifestyle Change Award. A member of the United States Press Association and the National Association of Black Journalists, Jemayne serves as Producer/Co-Host of The Gentleman and The Jerk Podcast via the A Plus Entertainment Group. Jemayne resides in Charlotte, North Carolina where he serves as Title III Activities Co-Director and lectures as an English/Communications Arts professor at Johnson C. Smith University.