5 Parks and Recreation

February 13, 2015 6:23 PM

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5 Parks and Recreation

Educators have the unique task of not only teaching concepts, but they must find new ways to make it relevant and engaging enough to capture the attention of their students. One way faculty members garner the attention of students, education experts and the media, is by creating courses and lesson plans around popular culture. Rutgers University received a substantial amount of attention when they launched their Women and Gender Studies course, Feminist Perspectives: Politicizing Beyoncé. Shows like Mad Men and The Wire are often used in college courses to explore issues like gender and socioeconomics.

Pop culture, and particularly television shows, can be excellent learning tools in the classroom. Comedies like Parks and Recreation will often take complex issues like gender roles in the workplace and oversimplify them. The oversimplification and sense of humor injected into these complex and heav...

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