YMCA? Why Is It Fun to Stay?

Posted on March 23, 2015Filed Under Seventh Grade Behavior, Village People | Leave a Comment

The Village PeopleA good majority of my kids just finished up the dance unit in their pe classes. Homie Base has been especially entertaining during that time as we:

But one day during this unit, a bunch of Homies were singing Y-M-C-A. You know how it is.  It’s always just the “…It’s fun to stay @ the Y M C A…” part because that’s all they know. (A few at least get the “Young man,” but it’s a precious few, and they mumble after that.) Anyway… later in the year, when we read “Theme for English B” by Langston Hughes, it would have been an extra credit question, but this year they beat me to it and asked it themselves.

“What does YMCA stand for?”

Ok. So. In the 20+ years I have taught “Theme for English B” and offered that question for extra credit, a decent percentage of kids have known the answer. Let’s say 20%. But the remaining 80% have had little or no reaction as I explained the answer.

Oh, the youth of today.

“Young Men’s Christian Association.”

Ok. So. Let me prepare you for the reaction. Your humble reporter was caught COMPLETELY off-guard. Let’s just pretend that there WASN’T A SINGLE ONE who had any clue. Let us further speculate that ALL of them might be a TAD surprised. Visualize for me because I obviously didn’t.

It was as one voice. A roar, a cry for knowledge, that blew back my hair.

“NOOOOO WAAAAAY! (I confirm the information.) WHAT? (One more time.) NOOOOO WAAAAAY!!!!”

“Really? None of you has heard that?” So like I usually do, I explain some background about “staying at the Y.”  They are still having trouble wrapping their heads around it.

Then one has to ask.

“Why would they say it’s fun to stay there?”

“Have you looked at a picture of The Village People?”

“What?”

“Ask your mom.”

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