Examples I've seen recently:
- The fifth grade boys class I assist often chants along to a multiplication rap CD:* "Eleven times eight is... eighty-eight! Twelve times eight is... ninety-six! Prime time! Rhyme time...!"
- The other day at morning meeting at Louise's school, a class got up and did a rap about... I'm really not quite sure what. Arthropods? Crustaceans? I was too dazzled by the two students doing a (surprisingly good) Fat Boys-style human beatbox accompaniment** to pay much attention to the actual contents of the song.
a) 80s rap is relatively unsophisticated in its metric structure, and most educational rappers are relatively unsophisticated in their compositional skills?Hmm.***
b) The current generation of educators grew up in the 80s, and the raps they create reflect their stylistic preferences.
c) 80s rap uses sing-song nursery rhyme-like forms, which are more accessible to children than those of later rap styles.
d) All of the above.
e) None of the above.
* All except for the grumpy sophisticate who sits in the corner and mutters, "This rap is lame."
** Mediocre beatboxing is another of my TTAEFFTPDTBPAFAAT.
*** Things that make you go...