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Children's Educational Area


Our "Children's Educational Area" is for educational purposes only.

We will be producing hip hop music to teach Bible, Political Science, and History to the young people of the world. To show the power of music as it relates to teaching children, we want to share some of our childhood history that has contributed to our decision to utilize hip hop music as a teaching tool.

Music is something that people listen to worldwide...and as such it is something that people throughout the world have in common...even though people have different preferences concerning music genres. Many people listen to songs and memorize the lyrics...and can sing, rhyme, or talk right along with the artists delivering the lyrics. This makes music the perfect teaching tool.

We are members of Generation X. When we were children music was utilized to teach children in Saturday morning cartoon shorts called "Schoolhouse Rock." Schoolhouse Rock was shown on Saturday mornings between cartoons, and we were educated through watching "Schoolhouse Rock." We were also educated through watching PBS shows such as "Sesame Street," "The Electric Company," "Zoom," and other PBS educational programming. Along with the television education, we were educated in school. "Schoolhouse Rock" and PBS educational programming was a great benefit to all of the children who were able to take advantage of it. In addition to this wonderful programming, PSA's or Public Service Announcements were shown as cartoon shorts on television to teach children about different things. The following examples are two "Time for Timer" PSA cartoon shorts:

"Time for Timer - Breakfast" PSA cartoon short. Youtube video courtesy of Child of the 80's


"Time for Timer - Sunshine on a Stick" PSA cartoon short. Youtube video courtesy of Chuck D's All-New Classic TV Clubhouse


The PSA examples above show how cartoon shorts were utilized to teach children. We enjoyed watching all of the Public Service Announcements that were aired on television throughout our childhood. The PSA's utilized music and animation to teach children.

Those of you moms and dads who remember "Schoolhouse Rock," know the value of utilizing music to teach. Bob Dorough saw the need for this, and he utilized music to teach children. Bob Dorough passed away in April 2018 at 94 years of age, and he will be greatly missed. An NPR article entitled, "Bob Dorough, Jazz Musician Best Known For 'Schoolhouse Rock!,' Dead At 94," states the following information:

[Then, in 1971, with the jazz money running thin, Dorough was asked by his boss at the advertising company where he had a day job to set the multiplication tables to music; his boss cited his children's ability to remember Hendrix and Rolling Stones lyrics, but not their school lessons.

"I got the idea that three is a magic number," Dorough told NPR's Rachel Martin in 2013. "Then I looked in the magic book and sure enough, three is one of the magic numbers." That concept became the song "Three Is a Magic Number" and the project would become the Grammy-nominated Multiplication Rock. Originally intended as a school workbook, the concept was pitched and sold to ABC executive Michael Eisner, becoming the first of the long-running Schoolhouse Rock! series of educational cartoons that became an all-but inseparable part of of '70s and '80s childhood.]


Bob Dorough's personal testimony about Schoolhouse Rock. Youtube video courtesy of Ted X Talks


The following examples show how Bob Dorough utilized music to teach children through "Schoolhouse Rock."


Schoolhouse Rock "Three is a Magic Number." Youtube video courtesy of Disney Educational Productions. For more information, visit https://movies.disney.com/schoolhouse-rock This is Bob Dorough's first song that he spoke about in his "Schoolhouse Rock" testimonial video above. This "Schoolhouse Rock" cartoon short multiplies by 3.


Schoolhouse Rock "I'm Just a Bill." Youtube video courtesy of Disney Educational Productions. For more information, visit https://movies.disney.com/schoolhouse-rock This "Schoolhouse Rock" cartoon short explains how a bill becomes a law.


Schoolhouse Rock "Verb." Video courtesy of Disney Educational Productions. For more information, visit https://movies.disney.com/schoolhouse-rock This "Schoolhouse Rock" cartoon short explains the "Verb," which is an action word.


"Verb" | Schoolhouse Rock! | Disney Shorts



Schoolhouse Rock "Electricity Electricity." Video courtesy of Disney Educational Productions. For more information, visit https://movies.disney.com/schoolhouse-rock This "Schoolhouse Rock" cartoon short explains electricity.


Electricity Electricity | Schoolhouse Rock! | Disney Shorts


Schoolhouse Rock "Energy Blues." Youtube video courtesy of Disney Educational Productions. For more information, visit https://movies.disney.com/schoolhouse-rock This "Schoolhouse Rock" cartoon short explains energy usage, and addresses energy conservation.


Schoolhouse Rock "Conjunction Junction, what's your function?" Youtube video courtesy of Disney Educational Productions. For more information, visit https://movies.disney.com/schoolhouse-rock This "Schoolhouse Rock" cartoon short explains conjunctions.


Schoolhouse Rock "Zero, my hero, how wonderful you are." Youtube video courtesy of Disney Educational Productions. For more information, visit https://movies.disney.com/schoolhouse-rock This "Schoolhouse Rock" cartoon short explains how to use 0.


Schoolhouse Rock "Unpack Your Adjectives." Youtube video courtesy of Disney Educational Productions. For more information, visit https://movies.disney.com/schoolhouse-rock This "Schoolhouse Rock" cartoon short explains adjectives.


Schoolhouse Rock "I Got Six." Youtube video posted by Sharon Rutter. For more information, visit https://movies.disney.com/schoolhouse-rock This "Schoolhouse Rock" cartoon short multiplies by 6.


Schoolhouse Rock "The Preamble." Youtube video courtesy of Illinois Policy. For more information, visit https://movies.disney.com/schoolhouse-rock This "Schoolhouse Rock" cartoon short explains the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America.


Schoolhouse Rock "Hide and Seek." Youtube video posted by US Chronicle. For more information, visit https://movies.disney.com/schoolhouse-rock This "Schoolhouse Rock" cartoon short multiplies by 5.


Schoolhouse Rock "Naughty Number Nine." Youtube video posted by MrRiggyRiggs. For more information, visit https://movies.disney.com/schoolhouse-rock This "Schoolhouse Rock" cartoon short multiplies by 9.


Schoolhouse Rock "Lucky Seven Sampson." Youtube video posted by MrRiggyRiggs. For more information, visit https://movies.disney.com/schoolhouse-rock This "Schoolhouse Rock" cartoon short multiplies by 7.


Bob Dorough set the example for utilizing music to teach children. As shown in the examples above, he taught multiplication, grammar, political science, history, electricity, and energy conservation, among other areas. We learned a lot watching "Schoolhouse Rock" as children...and we believe it should be shown on television for the children of 2018 and forward into the future.


Moms and Dads, Schoolhouse Rock is available through Disney Educational Productions at https://movies.disney.com/schoolhouse-rock. Visit Disney Educational Productions to purchase Schoolhouse Rock for your children.



Reference

NPR Article "Bob Dorough, Jazz Musician Best Known For 'Schoolhouse Rock!,' Dead At 94," https://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2018/04/24/605232291/bob-dorough-jazz-musician-best-known-for-schoolhouse-rock-dead-at-94

Disney Educational Productions. Schoolhouse Rock Available at https://movies.disney.com/schoolhouse-rock