Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Schoolhouse Rock--Elbow Room

I recommend a stiff drink before watching this one:

Most of the Schoolhouse Rock cartoons can be found on YouTube, or you can just order the lot of them on a DVD from Netflix. But should we use them in the classroom? "Elbow Room" may be the worst of them, with a whitewashed version of westward expansion that would embarrass the coarsest Turnerian and a raft of historical errors. It might work very well in a college classroom, where students are used to picking things apart. I would hate for the teacher of my 8-year-old son to use it though.

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