Is It Time For Teaching This Class?
Two Years ago today, Steve Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band completed and made public (for free) a curriculum offering for Middle-and-High School students which focuses on the history of Rock & Roll in America. When I first heard about it, and sadly before I even looked at it, I dismissed the idea as not worthy of a preparatory curriculum that our students need today. Now that I HAVE spent some time with it, I believe that this WOULD be a worthwhile education tool.
I was surprised at the curriculum's in-depth resourcing, and its connection to historical, environmental, and social issues. I was also impressed by how contemporary music is incorporated and how its role is illustrated through the decades. There is some great stuff here!
In addition to it's value for ages 12-18, I think it could also be considered for a college curriculum. This rivals some classes for credit available at the college level, too. If you have the time, take a look at it on-line at Rock and Roll: An American Story and see it you agree.