I am preparing to direct a production of School House Rock, Live! that goes up in February. So, in a natural way, the songs are floating around my head on a regular basis. The thing I find fascinating is how many of them actually live in my brain. There are a couple I don’t remember, but for the most part I know almost every song, including the tunes as well as most of the words. Now, why do I remember them so well? Simple answer, they were fun, they included music, and they were interesting. Why does that recipe for success in learning seem so elusive these days?
This morning I started watching the videos again. There is nothing fancy about them; they include basic animation, with excellent music, and catchy words. Some of them are very dated. BUT, they still touch something inside me, and bring back good memories. They live in my memories.
Isn’t that what we hope to achieve for students today?
Which cartoon do you remember the most and why?