Let's say you work in an urban school, and you have a new kid in your 3rd grade class that has been nothing but trouble for the last 2 weeks. You've been trying to connect with him, trying to help him make friends, and trying to help him adjust - but nothing has been working. One day, you notice him drawing on a piece of paper, and ask him what it is. He says, "It's my favorite rapper - ______. I have him on my mp3 player - can we listen to it?" You start to consider - kids aren't supposed to have mp3 players, and it's probably not the best use of instructional time, but maybe during an indoor recess? Maybe at the end of the day while waiting for buses to be called? You preview the song, and there are no "bad" words, but there are some questionable themes - nothing overtly sexual or relating to drugs, but some "choice" phrases that are a bit past your standards. You start to wonder what to do - this is the first time this child has shown any interest in you and the rest of class - it could be a great opportunity to connect, and bring him into your classroom community. But, if play a song this time, will there be more requests from him? From other kids? Phone calls from parents? ______ So here's the prompt: What would you do? And, more broadly, with pop culture becoming increasingly "inappropriate," how do you react to situations in which you could connect with a child or group of kids by sharing in some experiences of pop culture, even though those pop cultural experiences might be offensive to some out there? Where is your line?