Title: Jocko Henderson discusses the success of his "Get Ready" educational rap program
Creator: Smithsonian Productions
Date Created: 1995-08-01
Physical Dimensions: WAV
Transcript: See my father was Superintendent of schools in Baltimore. So I've lived with educators all of my life. Right? It's phenomenal what is happening with it. And how fast the kids are learning this way. How motivated they are. And like I told you before, they can't wait to get to school. That has never happened before. And the worst kids are the best students with the rap music. 'Cause they're in the street rapping. Okay? So there you go. How you gonna beat that?
The kids who really disrupt the schools are now very passive. It's unbelievable. Unbelievable. No kidding. And the classes that are rapping together, they're the best of friends now. All the kids are the best of friends. They're in competition. Who can rap history the best. Who can rap the times table the best. You know? It's amazing.
We got thousands of letters from parents begging us for the Get Ready program. And same thing with the educators. And they're buying it like - oh, unbelievable.
Special collection number: SC 39
Special collection name: Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was