ACADEMICS: Rapping Out A Lesson

Rapping Out A Lesson

In the 1970s a TV cartoon series called Schoolhouse Rock used catchy tunes to teach children about everything from verbs to the Constitution. Now teacher Ross Kapstein of Atlanta has given that idea an '80s twist by writing and recording a rap-song tribute to the basic theories of economics. Employing a funky beat and styling the title, RUN G.N.P., after rap stars Run-D.M.C., Kapstein hopes to help his seventh-graders at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School remember concepts like the law of supply and demand. Sample verse: "People's tastes change and so do I/ If I want to stay in business,...

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