Last night I attended the 3rd/4th grade disco at my school. While there was a little bit of dancing, like the choreographed routine to Thriller the kids apparently learned in their sports class, most of the night consisted of about 60 kids running around, grabbing handfulls of snacks off the food table, then proceeding to run around some more.
Kids were hyper, sweaty, and having a blast.
The music, all of which was American pop music, was blasting. I had a hard time trying not to dance as I worked the food table, refilling bowls of chips and popcorn, but I didn't want to look like too much of a dork!
As I was listening to the music, I was a little surprised at some of the songs that were played. I don't know if I am being too conservative in my thinking, but I just didn't think a few were appropriate choices for a disco catering to 3rd and 4th graders.
Katy Perry's Hot and Cold: you change your mind like a girl changes clothes. You PMS like a bitch, I should know....
Also, Flo Rida's Right Round... from the top of the pole I watch her go down, she got me throwin' my money around...
I don't know. I am certain that the kids were not intently listening to the lyrics. They probably didn't hear the swears or understand the messages in the songs, but I was still surprised they were played. It reminds me of one of my first grade students last year singing I kissed a girl and I liked it in the lunch line. They may even sing along and still not know what they are singing about, but there are a lot of cool songs out there that don't have mature lyrics.
What do you think? Inappropriate to play songs like that or all in good fun??