We have made a living playing folk music in schools for twenty years. Mostly we do it by teaching history through folk music. The history in folk music is the history of ordinary people. That is, your history and our history. The history taught from textbooks is the history of kings, presidents and generals and contains only facts deemed important by historians. Folk music teaches how regular folks felt about what was going on around them.
The only reason we can make a living doing this is that schools don't do it. The most common reaction we get from teachers is: "Gee, I haven't heard some of those songs since I was a kid and my students have never heard them". Our usual response is "Why not? Why aren't you teaching your kids about folk music?"
Well, at least we have exposed almost a million kids (no kidding) to folk music and if only one percent liked it enough to carry it on, that's ten thousand future Mudcatters!
Bev and Jerry