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This plague is bubonic - B-U-B-O-N-I-C!

I'm forcing myself to calm down about both exciting things about today (OMG!) by posting about something completely unrelated.

Educational pop/rock.

No, I don't mean a intellectual candy, but rather taking music and using it to teach concepts or history. Of course, back in the day there was Schoolhouse Rock, but it's been years since we really had good music that was useful for learning. Rockapella made a little dent with their tunes for Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, but they never got much exposure beyond the TV show and the tie-in CDs they made.

Now, in the Age of YouTube And Affordable Filmmaking, there are many more possibilities to make videos and share them with the world... and as a total history nerd, I am adoring these.

This one's gotten a ton of airplay. Take one part sensitive breakup song and one part 1776, and get a great rocking tune that also gives us insight into the Founding Fathers and what drove them to declare independence. And we also learn that Ben Franklin could really shred. (John Adams, however, needs to never take his shirt off.) 


Slightly less well-known is the YouTube account historyteachers, which has put out about 45 videos that teach ancient and European history, as well as touching on some church history and literature. Like the "Apologize" video, they take pop music and write new lyrics that tell about the topic of the song. Here are a few of my favorites. The music may get stuck in your head, but you might learn something, too, and I think that's worth it.

Almost makes me wish I had gone into history after all...


Hey, I did go into history, and it's not nearly as fun as these!

I had a history professor who put on accents and stood on tables. (As a student, you think, "Cool!" but when you TA for him, you look at your fellow TA's - all young girls - and think, "He's going to fall off that table one day, and none of us are going to be able to do a darn thing about it.") Even his class wasn't as fun as these videos.

Give the rest of their account a look, if you haven't already. They're putting out new ones all the time.