Learn It to the Beat!

   When Beyonce’s hit tune “Single Ladies” won Song of the Year at the Grammys a couple of weeks ago, I was especially pleased. That’s because the catchy tune was the inspiration for a widely viewed YouTube video that should be the mantra for students everywhere, especially in our urban schools, where under-achievement is sometimes a given.

     Titled “Scholar Ladies,” it’s an excellent send-up created by middle-schoolers at the Hope Christian School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, happily touting the benefits of scholarship. The line that hooked me was “If you learned it, then you would have got an A in it….”, accompanied by bouncy dance moves.

     With so many kids disheartened at the thought of yet another round of standardized tests, these students show, in an upbeat fashion, how really cool it is to be smart.Since it’s posting, it’s had nearly half a million hits, and still counting.  Take a look, and you’ll be singing it in your head, too!

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