SAT prep has gone hip hop, reports Brad Kava in the San Jose Merc.
Defined Mind’s new 12-song CD is called a “vocabulary accelerator,” an SAT aid with songs that use 315 of the 2,000 words taught by the Kaplan Test Prep schools.
. . . Take the tune “Supergirl,” by trip-hop artists Lyle Beers and Adrienne Hecker: “I’m your Supergirl, traversing the cosmos in a super world, uniting the factions.”
Or club performer Nina Zeitlin’s lightly lascivious love song, “Why Didn’t You Tell Me”: “How come I didn’t know you’d be so sensual/ Why didn’t you tell me about your flagrant style? Maybe you weren’t cognizant of anything/ How can I make you mine for a while?”
The CD, which mixes hip-hop, alternative rock and R&B, sells for $25.
Update: Wall Street Journal subscribers can read a story about an English teacher in Pennsylvania who assigns 11th graders to write love poems using only words found in Journal stories. For example:
I seek stability in your arms
My serious attraction rises,
My wild love increases,
As I weakly watch you move.
Help me, stabilize me.
My volatility just won’t close.
Until you share your hands,
Profess your plan,
And make me certain
of mutual love.
— Julie Siwicki, from “Tech Firms Seek Stability in Arms of Institutional Holders”
Teacher Emily Farrell got sick of poems with “my love is like a rose.”