School's no longer out for Alice Cooper

11th August 2006 at 01:00
Until now the only apparent connection between shock rocker Alice Cooper and education has been his 1972 hit "School's Out".

But the ghoulishly made-up singer has announced he is to fund an activity centre for teenagers on the campus of a private university in Phoenix, Arizona, to encourage them to continue their studies.

The 58-year-old, who already pays for scholarships at the university, is setting up the pound;1.6 million centre through a Christian charity he has founded and wants it to include a recording studio, basketball courts, rock-climbing walls, a coffee house and concert hall. Cooper said the centre was needed because 12 to 16-year-olds were getting caught up in gangs and drugs but secretly wanted boundaries.

"We're not going to beat them over the head with a Bible," Mr Cooper said.

"But we're certainly going to be available to tell them that that's available to them."

Mr Cooper's other hits include "No More Mr Nice Guy", "Teenage Lament" and "Muscle of Love".

Oh, how people change.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now