The New York Optimist
July 2008, Vol. 01: Issue 01
The New York Optimist
Top 5
School House Rock Videos.
The New York Optimist brings you there top 5 School House Rock Videos.
School House Rock has endeared generation x'ers too this day. Not only were
these shorts educational but the underlying messages they sent about unity,
sharing, ethnic equality, resonates in one's mind.

Our list starts with

5.3 is the magic number. First aired in 1973, with a hip sly melody, you know
why that 3 was the magic number. The incorporation of sport, magic, bunnies,
you name it, to get a point across in this case how the number 3 can be
divisable by practically anything which in turn made it that magic number.
Come on, who remembers running around multiplying or dividing everything by
3 when this came out? Raise your hands, come on, I know their are a few of
4. Figure 8

In keeping with the math theme we have the figure 8.  First aired in 1973
also, tells us a story of all the ways you can use the number 8 in math. With
the setting of winter, and a little girl daydreaming of ice skating, you
guessed it, a figure 8, we have pure magic. I do wonder if females are
stronger with the number 8 than their male counterparts who I suspect
might use the number 3 a little better. But that would be for another day.
3. Verb: That's What's a Happinin'!

Introduced in 1974, School House Rock gets Kudos for introducing us to
our hero, an African American boy daydreaming and using his imagination
to work with verbs. Pure genius. Not only was this track hip and before its
time but also the video itself helped break racial sterotype's and fears. One
of our favorites here.
2. I am Just a Bill
In 1975 we were introduced to Bill. I
mopey kind a guy and so desperatly
wanted to become a law. With perhaps one
of the more famous lines of "I'm just a bill,
and I am only a bill", taught us the basic
route a bill takes to become a law. And
airing in 1975, got the kids all psyched up
for the bi-centennial a year later. Raise
those hands again.
1. Conjunction Junction
Perhaps the most famous of all, first airing
in 1973, gave us the function of hooking
up words and phrases and causes. Using a
railroad (what little kid doesn't like a train)
to get us to hook them up.
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