8/30/13

Is The Lonely Island the New Schoolhouse Rock?

The first time I saw computers used in the classroom was about fifth grade - about 1992.  Today, 21 years later, my nieces have their own electronics, and they're not even in kindergarten yet.  (How times change!)  But back in 1992, for maybe a half-hour to an hour a day, my class would jump on computers for some cutting-edge learning fun.  It was all about getting to the next level on Super Munchers and keeping your party alive through malaria epidemics in Oregon Trail.

Even before computers got big, David McCall recognized the importance of learning through fun, and his idea to help his son learn math through familiar rock songs led to the 70's & 80's phenomenon of Schoolhouse Rock!.  If you're not familiar with the series, it combines simple lyrics with catchy songs and cute animation to teach kids (and anybody, really) about basic subjects like math, science, history, and grammar.  For those of us who can't get enough, there's the Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks album from 1996 featuring bands from Moby to Biz Markie doing covers of the classic songs.  (Moby's wailing guitar on the verb song makes it my favorite.)



So what does all of this have to do with The Lonely Island?  Whether you're an English nerd or a pop culture fanatic or just need some Friday fun, check out this hilarious (and informative - just wait til the end) video on proper semicolon usage.  Fair warning: probably not for kids.  Second warning: once you've seen it, you'll never want to misuse a semicolon again.

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