Rap music and junk food aren't exactly things I want more of in my children's lives. In fact, I work pretty hard to make sure that they're not exposed to too much or the hard core versions of either. So when I came across the following video of kids rapping about their love of Hot Cheetos and Takis, I wasn't prepared to be impressed (nor did I know what Takis were). But impressed I was.
Though the song's lyrics are simplistic ("Snack. Snack. Snack. Munch. Hot Cheetos and Takis. Hot Cheetos and Takis") , they're incredible catchy especially when sung by these uber cool kids. It's about as addictive as ... well, Hot Cheetos and Takis. Check it after the jump, just know you may feel a strong urge to make a run to your local convenience store when you're done.
Cute, right? And they could give some adult rappers a run for their money for sure. Now before you climb up on any high horse (as I started to do) and agonize over why they couldn't have sung about the merits of something a little healthier (brussel sprouts and peaches might work?), the reason behind the video is actually worth a few Cheetos.
According to City Pages, it's the result of an after school program called Beats And Rhymes, which was started by the North Community YMCA and the Nellie Stone Johnson Community School in Minnesota. The program rewards kids for doing well in school by allowing them to make cool rap videos like this. And what kind of kid wouldn't want to make a video like this?
I think it's great, and while not everyone may agree with using something so nontraditional and controversial to entice kids, I think it's fantastic. If it achieves the end goal of getting them to do their homework and do well in school, then great. I think there's a need for more creativity when it comes to get kids to commit to their education.
It would be nice if they were all self motivated, but the fact is that's not the case. So whether it's something personal you do in your own family (we use less-than-virtuous video games as a major bargaining chip when it comes to school performance) or you're lucky enough to have a community program like this nearby, I say do what works. Oh, and for the record, Takis are a spicy corn chip that look ridiculously delicious.
Do you think using creative and nontraditional incentives to get kids to do their school work is a good approach? What do you think of the video?
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