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Duran Duran: Simon Le Bon Gets Crowd Involved

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Ideally, history (and literature, and science, and all the Veddy Veddy Serious Subjects) should only be taught using heavy, dull textbooks, quoting the most stuffy experts, no fun allowed.

… If you have read my blog at all before this, you know this is the opposite of how I feel. I respect academia, obviously, but see no reason why the facts (which do not include “revisionist history,” by the way) can only be approached in a dry manner.  

Take, for instance, that great Tudor entertainer William Shakespeare. I’ve read his works and I’ve taught his plays to high schoolers. But before I ever cracked open a Shakespearean play as a student myself, I learned — and still remember — part of “Romeo and Juliet”‘s famous “Queen Mab” monologue from this trippy Duran Duran video. True story. The monologue-bit starts at 1:15.

It’s not how you learn your Veddy Veddy Serious Subjects. It’s that you remember the details, even years later. And the bonus is when you have fun getting there!



  Anne Barnhill wrote @

I veddy much agree!

  Sara Stanton wrote @

I learned the Preamble to the Constitution from School House Rocks. When asked if anyone knew it in High School US History I raised my hand. My teacher told me to recite it and I told him I could only sing it! I work at a Community College and a student taking Anthropology said her instructor showed them a clip from The Holy Grail to explain The Scientific Method!

  barbalexander wrote @

I hear ya, Sara — I can only recite the Preamble by singing it as well!

  A Different Lara wrote @

I can sing the lyrics to about ANY top ten song circa 1982-1990. But ask me about all the stuff I learned in college, and things get…fuzzy.

Music is the key!

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