The challenge for this post was to write a post about using popular culture in the classroom. At first, I didn’t think it would be a problem. But one thing that caught my eye on the challenge was the post about not using popular culture in the classroom.
I was not able to read the post but I thought it was a good one because, while my room has some superhero items, I don’t incorporate them much. Plus, my superheroes are back from the 90s when I was more likely reading them.
Here are a couple of the reasons I don’t use Pop culture much in class
I’m a Dork– Generally speaking I am a dork and don’t keep up with much of the pop culture. I enjoy movies, but, even when I was younger, I often thought that the fads and fashion that come out of music and culture were often ridiculous. I still kind of do.
Entertainment Value– I am a dork (see above). I am old, in the eyes of my students. If I try to connect with certain aspects of Pop Culture, I will easily come off as old and out of touch. I already know I am so I don’t need help with this. Plus, it is hard to compete with the entertainment value these huge corporations have. So, I don’t try on that aspect.
Garbage– Even though I appreciate some of the art and artistry involved with some aspects of Pop Culture, I do not want to expose my students to some of the garbage that is out there. Years ago, I had a 3rd grader tell me he watched Saw 2 over the weekend! What the what!? Culture doesn’t seem to give a rip about allowing our kids to be kids, but I am going to do what I can to protect the innocence of my own daughters AND my students, as much as I can.
Plus, much of the music is absolutely ridiculous: sexual, violent, hedonistic, etc…I think it is already in our natures to be selfish and self-absorbed me-monkeys. I’m not going to feed into that with my students.
Now, there may be some good reasons (ie..relevance, for one) but I just don’t see the need for general Pop Culture. Maybe some of the kid friendly things, but even then, I can only take so much of that. 😉
Derrick- “The old curmudgeon”