Education Department changes the music
Elevator music is out at the Department of Education. “Schoolhouse Rock!” is in.
Callers to the department who are put on hold will now hear “Conjunction Junction,” a little ditty on, you guessed it, conjunctions, one of the songs that make up the “Grammar Rock” section of Schoolhouse Rock!
"Fun at the department is back," Deputy Chief of Staff Matthew Yale was quoted as saying by ABC News. "We’re doing everything we can to enhance the culture of the Department of Education. It needs to be a place of innovation and where we’re constantly reminded of our work for students."
The old stuff, he said, “was awful, awful, just awful.”
Schoolhouse Rock, for those who don’t know, is actually a series of animated musical educational films that aired on ABC on Saturday morning for 26 years starting in 1973.
Dozens of subjects including grammar, science, economics, history, mathematics, and civics, are animated and set to song with the hope of making the topics more appealing to kids.
The first episode was called “Three Is a Magic Number,” inaugurating a season of “Multiplication Rock,” part of Schoolhouse Rock. That song was covered by a number of artists, and became known to a somewhat older audience in the movie “School of Rock,” when Jack Black, pretending to be a teacher, sings a version, but uses “9” instead of “3.”
“Conjunction Junction” is one of the series’ most iconic songs, starting:
"Conjunction Junction, what’s your function?
Hooking up words and phrases and clauses.....
"Conjunction Junction, what’s their function?
I got "and", "but", and "or",
They’ll get you pretty far. "
According to ABC News, Disney, which owns ABC, and, therefore, the rights to Schoolhouse Rock!, agreed after negotiations to allow the department to use Conjunction Junction for free -- but, ABC reported, for a year.
I don’t know if this means that Disney will start charging the federal government for using the songs a year from now.
Some kind of fun!
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| May 2, 2010; 10:44 AM ET
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