HISD Staff Goes Gangnam Style: This Is Not a Joke

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Rocks Off saw something so disturbing today on the morning news, but it was early we were sure it couldn't possibly be real.

It is.

The Houston Independent School District has produced a video to promote early voting featuring teachers, faculty and other district staff -- including what must be the HISD board itself -- throwing their hands in the air in the style of PSY's "Gangnam Style," the inexplicably popular line-dancing video by a Korean dance-pop singer that is now approaching some 300 million YouTube views.

Even more surreal, HISD's version has "lyrics" captioned onscreen, like "voting early makes me dance, makes me dance like a silly cowboy."

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This video begs several questions: How much tax money was used for this? Shouldn't these kids be in class? How long did take to explain to those bus drivers what "Gangnam Style" is? And why didn't we get to do things like this when we were in school? But most of all, huh?

Ah well, at least everyone's exercising. And anything that gets people to vote early (or at all) is worthwhile, we say.

HISD is hardly the first organization to jump on the Gangnam bandwagon, though. Other parody/tributes have come from the University of Oregon football team, some cadets in the U.S. Naval Academy's 22nd Company, Saturday Night Live (featuring PSY himself), some dude dressed like Gandalf and "Hot Moms and Cute Babies" (just watch).

Early voting begins October 22. Watch the video and you'll know that.


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ronyedin
ronyedin

I can tell you off the bat that no money was used to create this video. Maybe a couple of kids and staff were pulled off their duties but thats it. HISD has their own cameras and video producers. I think this is great way to reach teens to go out and vote. Schools need this vote to rebuild several schools and have more adequate facilities for our children, boost the economy, and improve our neighborhoods.

dstx
dstx

I think this video is great!  It is nice to see people having fun and supporting a good cause.  People do need to get out and vote regardless of what they think about the bond issue. The money is needed for renovation to schools that are clearly outdated.  Vote yes for the Bond!

scottr35
scottr35

The bond issue will help provide new and renovated facilities to replace or repair antiquated and dilapidated buildings and equipment.  The bond issue will help the district keep up with explosive growth in its population in many areas of the city, alleviating overcrowding that has some schools unacceptably overpopulated.  As the proud father of three HISD honors graduates and one HISD math teacher, I know the difference that proper, or at least adequate facilities can make.  You can either spend tax dollars building, equipping and staffing schools or prisons.  A properly educated and trained workforce is the key to continuing the admirable economic climate that Houston has enjoyed over the past several years while other cities have not fared so well.  If this video creates "buzz" that translates into votes so that our schools and teachers obtain the resources they need to educate our next generation, then I am all for it.  And by the way, it is silly to attack a "waste of tax dollars" when no one has any information on how much it cost to produce the video.  My guess is, "not much."  

WTFisthis
WTFisthis

I will be thinking of this video while I vote against HISDs bloated bond propsal in November

Jason Ison
Jason Ison

Follow the money as always. Make sure to vote for that bond now.

Johnny Simmons
Johnny Simmons

"How much tax money was used for this?" Aesthetic offenses aside, this is the real outrage. District residents have their property taxed (ostensibly) to fund the schools.

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