“Thriller” lives on

With two hours left of Halloween, I thought I’d post a video of some sweet dance moves on display at Bridges Academy at Melrose. Students at the East Oakland elementary school first put on this performance in 2009, after Michael Jackson’s death, and it’s becoming a Halloween tradition, says Linh Nguyen, the school’s music teacher (a.k.a. Mr. N).

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • Nextset

    What’s interesting to me about this is the schools using the symbolism of a mortally mentally ill pedophile narcotic addict who eventually died of misadventure/homicide tied to his mental illness. It’s really a teaching moment.

    You teach not to be like him, and not to tolerate people like him in your life. Granted his tunes may be catchy – but students, especially the at risk students – need to learn how to recognize the signs of such mental illness least they get damaged by it. “At risk” means exactly that – they are at risk. I’m only writing this because I see all the havock in the at risk population because they are not (currently)trained to understand what all this crazy really means and what happens when the fleas jump off on you.

    Ken and Barbie are trained – they may walk on the wild side on occasion but at least they can do the math. At risk kids cannot do the math. You see the differences in the mortality tables for the various ethnics.

    So I for one do not approve of MJ having been welcome at schools, being allowed around children, or his imagery being sold to minority kids. Better they be taught to call a dangerous freak what he is, openly and often.