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The Charge of the Obama/Duncan Plan


Writing of the Crimean War, did Tennyson anticipate the Obama/Duncan slaughter of the professional teacher? We should learn from history. Contrary to Tennyson's sentiments, this is not a good way to lead your life:


Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die.

Question the Obama/Duncan Business Plan.

Resist.

Walk to Washington with Jesse.

by Susan Ohanian

With some apologies to Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Scores on tests Scores on tests
More test prep onward,
All in the valley of Death
Teach today's professionals.

Scores on tests onward,
All in the valley of Death
Teach today's professionals.
"Forward, Business Plan!
Raise scores or die!"
Arne's call
To public schools.
Into the valley of Death.
Teach today's professionals.


"Forward, Business Plan!"
Was there a man dismay'd?
Not tho' the teachers knew
Someone else in charge:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death
Teach today's professionals.

Charters to right of them,
Charters to left of them,
Charters in front of them
Volley and thunder;
Plummeted with Bill Gates' geld
Bravely teachers work, and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Teach today's professionals.

Parents watch teachers' glory fade.
Remembering the progress made!
Students and parents fall bereft
Just say no to the Obama/Duncan shaft.
Say no to CTB McGraw Hill test pay grade.
Fight for the professional teacher,
Honor the teacher's noble craft.

— Susan Ohanian
with some apologies to Alfred, Lord Tennyson

2010-04-05


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