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Students learn through lyrics with Flocabulary


(CBS News)
Every teacher tussles with what's the best way to reach a kid – to have them digest and remember what they're learning. Even parents struggle with that.
One New York City-based company had a wild idea -- teach kids through rapping.
Some people didn't like the idea, or even laughed at it, but we found a Texas principal who said it works, reports CBS News correspondent David Begnaud.
Fifth-graders at George Washington Carver Elementary School in Garland, Texas, are rapping to the rhythm of rocks. 
"I'm talking about igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic..."
It's all part of an educational program called Flocabulary, which creates online videos about everything from math to social studies.
The program is in 20,000 schools in all 50 states, and it uses rap so kids can retain information and have fun.
For Juan Hernandez, the program puts a little swagger in studying. 
"It's a way to get out my emotions and feelings and expressing it in a way through music, which I really enjoy," Juan said.
Juan's classmate Allison Mathew was a little embarrassed at first.
"You kind of dreaded it, didn't you?" Begnaud asked. "Yes, I did," Allison admitted.
But now, she raps about exponents and subtraction.
"Teachers always say that they hear students mumbling the song under their breath during exams or during quizzes or whatever," said Ike Ramos, a rapper who has shared the stage with Lil Wayne and the Wu Tang Clan. 
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