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Publication Date: 2004-01-29

If 1,791 people in North Dakota made snow angels at one time, how many teachers can we get to sing a song?

On March 23, 2002, 1,791 people of all ages and sizes flapped their arms and legs to make angels in the snow on the state capitol grounds in Bismarck, North Dakota. The event was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records.

I saved the Associated Press photograph because it is clearly such a joyful event. Anybody who maintains archives of standards and testing atrocities needs all the joy she can get.

I've sat here trying to think of what protest event we could stage. Hey, if we can't muster support for protecting kids, maybe making the Guinness Book would have appeal.

When we get our CD of Songs of Resistance ready, maybe we could all sing the same protest song at the same minute of the day.

Speaking of the CD, I keep hoping more people will offer support. Here is a chance to make a big noise against the test. Don't you want to be part of it?

We'll send you 5 CDs for each $50 you contribute now. Later, CDs will sell for $15 each.
Send checks to Wisconsing:
Cap Lee
P.O. Box 1776
Milwaukee WI 53201-1776

E-Mail Caplee@wi.rr.com.

Your check will support production and advertising. We'll send the CDs when they are ready. We plan to flood the media with them.

This is an easy way for you to join the resistance. Just think: 1,791 people in North Dakota made snow angels. Can't we get a similar number of people to sponsor Songs of Resistance?

If You Cannot Find Osama, Test the Kids

If you cannot find Osama, test the kids.
If the market hurt your Mama, test the kids.
If the CEOs are liars
Putting schools on funeral pyres,
Screaming, "Vouchers we desire!"

Test the kids.

If you have no health insurance, test the kids.
Your retirement?s a game of chance? Test the kids.
If the GPA ain?t growin?
And corporate greed ain?t slowin?
And White House con is flowin?

Test the kids.

If third graders go up in smoke, test the kids.
Reading First a pig in a poke? Test the kids.
If first graders are upchucking
While Standardistos sit yuck yucking
And DOE?s pass-the-bucking.

Test the kids.

No Child Left Behind? Test the kids.
No teacher left unmaligned? Test the kids
To hell with children?s stories
Bush says that?s momento mori
And D. I. is hunky dory.

Test the kids.

If your schools they are crumbling, test the kids.
And the Congress it is bumbling, test the kids.
CEOs want competition.
And public school demolition.
They?re on a hunting expedition.

Test the kids.

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