Streetfilms: The Anti-Idling Rap

From our friends across the country comes a Streetfilm highlighting some of the "Livable Streets Education" outreach in Brooklyn.

If you don’t have the time or inclination to take four minutes to watch a film about some of the cool things happening 3,000 miles from here; at least take a couple of seconds to watch a young-man rap about the dangers of idling cars at the beginning of the film or the now-famous "anti-idling" rap and dance available at the 3:15 mark.

  • DJB

    This is an interesting and funny video. As much as I agree with the agenda of finding alternatives to driving, I have to wonder: is this propaganda? Are these students being given a taste of the full breadth of thought around transportation issues?

    This strikes me as the kind of thing conservatives love to point to as an example of liberal bias in public education, or as they would probably say: “public indoctrination”.

    We aren’t afraid of counter-arguments are we? I think school, and blogging, are much more interesting when ideas clash.

  • Spokker

    During a major power outage one year my dad used his truck as a generator.

  • This is so inspiring. The highlight of my day so far! Thanks for sharing.

  • justme

    This street education program you have there overseas is pretty exciting and looks wonderful. Keep up the good work!
    Greetings from Hungary!

  • This is an interesting and funny video. As much as I agree with the agenda of finding alternatives to driving, I have to wonder: is this propaganda? Are these students being given a taste of the full breadth of thought around transportation issues?

    This strikes me as the kind of thing conservatives love to point to as an example of liberal bias in public education, or as they would probably say: “public indoctrination”.

    We aren’t afraid of counter-arguments are we? I think school, and blogging, are much more interesting when ideas clash.
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    DJB,

    As it so happens, I had a chance to Kim and Rebecca from “Livable Streets Education” yesterday afternoon when I was sitting in the office next to there’s and heard them discussing your comment.

    First, let me say that Rebecca and Kim were in that school for over four hours and while the video captures the most entertaining moments, it doesn’t (and can’t) do justice to the depth of the work that they do.

    Second, LSE is offered as a free service to schools in some of the most cash-strapped districts in NYC. The curriculum that LSE brings is science-backed and they talk about a lot more than just idling. It just happens to be a big issue at the moment so that’s what the video focuses on.

    Lastly, of course there’s a bias of some sort…there is anytime a non-profit presents at a school. Given the pro-car messages that are everywhere in popular culture, one day of counter-programming isn’t going to hurt anyone.

  • Spokker

    We had to put up with D.A.R.E. throughout school. I think the kids can put up with this too.

  • DJB

    Damien,

    Thanks for your response. I’m a big fan. If I criticize, it’s only because I think it’s important for things like this to be better able to withstand real critics.

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