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What are your kids listening to?

Wednesday, February 13, 2002

Do you remember the "80's"? I always have and probably always will enjoy the music of that era. When I was a student at the Little Falls Community Middle School in Little Falls, Minn., music was simple.

The Bangles had me "Walking Like an Egyptian," Cory Hart told me to "Wear My Sunglasses at Night," and Men Without Hats ruled the LFMS dances by recommending we do the "Safety Dance." I was a middle school kid looking for "My Sharona" or Jessie's Girl." In fact, I remember calling 867-5309 looking for Jenny! If I was in the mood to rock, then Van Halen would suggest that I "Jump" or take a trip to "Panama." And on the nights where I was alone, Billy Idol said it was okay to be "Dancing with Myself." Times have changes. Music has changed.

The music of the "80's" proclaimed that all people should stand up for themselves and just enjoy listening to their music at such a loud volume that their parents constantly scream, "Turn that down!!" In the late "80's" rap music became popular. Now, society has changed, and so has its music. In the early "90's, the rap groups 2 live Crew and NWA not only pushed the envelope of appropriateness, but chewed it up and split it out at America. Excessive cursing, the glorification of female abuse, possession of firearms, and the promotion of drugs hit mainstream music and has affected the face of music ever since. Dr. Dre, an original member of NWA, continues to make music and he also continues to corrupt the youth of America. He is not alone. His close friend, Snoop Doggy Dogg, encourages everyone to get high, carry a gun for protection, and treat women as mere sex objects. Their new infamous rap cohort is Eminem.

He not only encourages today's youth to take part in the same types of behavior, but he also blatantly tells everyone he doesn't care what they think about him as he courageously raises his middle finger on a regular basis to society. These are just a few "Artists" that many children look up to. Are these being played in your home? Is this the type of behavior you would like your child to take part in?

In the year 2000, rap music and hard rock music have accepted this behavior as "the norm" from singers. I bring this up because I've worked with middle school students for nine years now. I was shocked to find an eighth grade boy listening to music which contained a swear word about every two seconds. I told him that he shouldn't be listening to that type of music. He gave me the typical middle schooler response, "Everyone is listening to it." Does that make it right!? NO!

I challenge you to go through your child's CD collection. Is your child listening to music that you would deem inappropriate? Probably.

This type of behavior is not allowed in the workplace and it is definitely not appropriate at the local middle school. Your children are better than that, and we need to tell them so.

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