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Allison Ridick, Staff Writer
Much debate exists about the effects
toda/s pop culture is having on America’s
youth. Can popular music hurt ado
lescents even if they don’t understand
the mature concepts presented? Many
different organizations are now conduct
ing research to see whether children are
affected and, if so, in what ways they’re
affected by today’s music.
Michael Foust reported on a study con
ducted by the Research and Development
Corporation in an August 2006 article
entitled “Sexually charged music directly
impacts teenage sexual habits, new study
says.” He noted that the RDC study
viewed adolescents over a period of three
years to judge the effects that rap music
(from artists such as Ja Rule and Lil’ Kim)
had on adolescents aged 12 to 17 years.
Over this time, the corporation asked
the adolescents what type of music they
listened to and compared those answers
to their sexual habits. Rap music was the
genre of music that most affected these
childrens’ views on sexual roles because
the terms used to describe sex were the
Adolescents are continuously listen
ing to these value-laden songs and can
subconsciously copy these values in
their own lives. For example, when
men in rap songs are portrayed as
“sex-driven” and women are objecti
fied, these lyrics and music videos can
cause boys to chase girls in order to act
out sexual activity and girls to focus
more on their looks to increase their
sexual appeal to boys.
Although children are growing and
maturing naturally, the music they
listen to can speed up this process
by being so open about sexuality.
Most parents, hearing this, would
like to limit the content of the music
that their children listen to, but the
sheer mass of the music listened to
by children limits the parents’ ability
to do this. So we must not place the
responsibility of censoring solely on
the parents, but make the children
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Meredith Student Wins Feiiowship
Reach the World (RTW) congratu
lates Lauren Nicole Casteen, a Benjamin
A. Gilman International Scholar, on her
departure to study abroad in Scotland.
As a RTW travel correspondent, Lauren
is sharing her journey in real-time with
a classroom in the United States through
online articles and videoconferences. An
undergraduate student at Meredith Col
lege majoring in history, Lauren is study
ing Medieval Studies and International
Studies in Scotland for the spring 2011
Originally ft-om North Carolina,
Lauren became involved with Reach the
World because as future teacher, she
thinks that it will be very exciting to be
able to work with a classroom of children .
to get them interested in learning about
other places, people and seeing how
people from around the world are dif
ferent or perhaps more importantly how
they are similar. ReachtheWorld.org’s
interactive website allows her to share
her study abroad experience with young
students back home in the United States.
Lauren says, “Some people say that those
who can’t do, teach. I believe the opposite
is true: To be a truly phenomenal and
inspiring teacher, you have to have done.
I want my students to know that learning
isn’t just about what’s written in textbooks
- it’s about going out and experiencing
things yourself and making your own his
Through its interactive website.
Reach the World (www.reachtheworld.
org) enriches the school and after
school curriculum by connecting class
rooms to travelers who are studying
or exploring around the globe. RTW
identifies volunteer travelers, manages
web-based educational content posted
by these travelers, and delivers tech
nology and curricular support. The
National Geographic Education Foun
dation named RTW a Model Program
in Geography Education, one of only
. six in the nation. Reach the World has
already affected more than 15,000 stu
dents and 600 teachers. The program
serves classrooms and afterschool sites
nationwide and is headquartered in
New. York City.
In 2009, Reach the World be
gan partnering with the Institute of .
International Education’s Benjamin
A. Gilman International Scholarship
Program to engage a select group
of its study-abroad scholars as vol
unteer correspondents for the RTW
program. The Gilman Program study
abroad awards for U.S. undergraduate
students and was established by the
International Academie Opportunity
Act of 2000.
“Our hope is that one day, ev
ery teacher, in every classroom, will
consider it a matter of course to enrich
their Social Studies, Science and Ge
ography curricula by connecting to real
travelers on exciting journeys around
the world,” says Heather Halstead, Ex
ecutive Director of Reach the World.
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