This is a great post for educators to consider bringing into class at the start of the year. It gets at two themes popular with our teen students: music and social protest. For teachers, this could be the launchpad for students’ Genius Hour efforts and/or Project-Based Learning units.
Whatever content area you teach, there is something here for you if you’re willing to be creative. I can see Social Studies teachers using this article to introduce students to the Socratic Seminar format with a great hook. Language Arts students could be tasked with crafting their own response to this post (I suggest including the use of citing outside sources — as modeled by the author — in the rubric). For Math classes, Mr. Laguana has provided plenty of data points and variables for students to manipulate in order to make caculations based on their own listening habits and favorite artists. In Science, this article could lead students to formulate a hypothesis that they use in order to gain familiarity with the Scientific Method. World Languages teachers could use this to introduce music in the target language with meaningful, Real World implications attached to the tasks. Even PE teachers could get in on the fun: rather than fight students’ cell phones in class, invite them to use their phones during warm-ups in order to stream music and track the impact they have on their favorite artists through their own exercise.
As an aside, I love this article not only for its content but its author. Creeper Lagoon was one of my favorite bands (I did purchase their music on CD!), so it was fun for me to reconnect with them and their music through this excellent piece.