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Social Justice Educator

Publication Date: 2004-09-06

When the California Council on Teacher Education meets October 7-9, 2004 in San Diego, Professor Jim Cantor will provide entertainment at the conference banquet with original songs of resistance, including:

Standardista-ville
Here Comes Another Standardized Test, And It Won't Help My Students
Everybody Has to CAH-CAH-CAH
People Get Ready, ABC-TE is Coming
Social Justice Educator, We're Singing About Justice.


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Social Justice Educator

Sung to the tune of Woody Guthrie?s, Union Maid

There once was a Teacher?s Aide, who never was afraid
To question the way we teach each day.
How come the teachers have no say?
The university got her thinking critically.
And when the Phonemic Police came ?round,
She always stood her ground.

Oh you can?t scare us, we?re singing about justice,
We?re singing about justice, Social justice.
Oh you can?t scare us, we?re singing about justice,
Social Justice, to change the world.

By the time she taught Third Grade, she still was not afraid,
To do her best, in spite of the tests,
and the mandates the curriculum made.
Her class was filled with joy, for every girl and boy.
They?d work and play throughout the day, and this is what they?d say:

Oh you can?t scare us, we?re singing about justice,
We?re singing about justice, Social justice.
Oh you can?t scare us, we?re singing about justice,
Social Justice, to change the world.

This classroom teacher was wise. She?d think and analyze.
She loved to debate and collaborate. She?d always organize the guys.
They went to the Union Hall, whenever there was a call,
To negotiate and communicate, PEACE AND JUSTICE FOR US ALL!

Oh you can?t scare us, we?re singing about justice,
We?re singing about justice, Social justice.
Oh you can?t scare us, we?re singing about justice,
Social Justice, to change the world.

These teachers led the way, in the struggle for fair pay.
Across the land, they took a stand. They never were afraid to say,
?The people must be free, to live democratically.
Every woman and man, you know this land
Is made for you and me!?

Oh you can?t scare us, we?re singing about justice,
We?re singing about justice, Social justice.
Oh you can?t scare us, we?re singing about justice,
Social Justice, to change the world.

Standardista-ville
Words by, Jim Cantor
Sung to, Jimmy Buffet?s ?Margarita-ville?

Living on bank loans, feeling like worker drones,
We are the teachers who follow the script.
Open Court Reading, phonetic repeating,
Schools and our classrooms are poorly equipped.

Chorus:
Wasting away in Standardista-ville
Searching for my long-lost creative thought.
Some people say there?s a Neo-Con to blame.
I suppose, it could be their fault

Don?t know the reason, Whole Language is treason,
If you?re bilingual, they tell you, ?Go home!?
But I?m a skilled teach-ah, passed CSET and RICA,
Strugglin? hard to pay off college loans.

Chorus: Now I think, it must be their fault.

Back in the old days, there was music and role plays.
We read the words, the kids all sang along.
They learned to be readers, and community leaders,
Artful learners, they all got along!

Chorus: And I know, it?s not the kids? fault.

Blew out our test scores, the kids shouted, ?NO MORE!!?
Please understand, that we?re not all the same.
We?ve slipped on our rankings, now they?ve hit us with sanctions,
Draining our funds, Nickle-bee is insane.

Chorus: And we know, it sure ain?t our fault.


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