OWS

The Dixie Bricks

They seem like pleasant enough people but they're trying to make bricks without straw—utterly clueless. At New Zeal:

Van Jones promised back in November that the Occupy gang will put up over 2,000 candidates for election in 2012. After AIM’s Ben Johnson did some man-on-the-street pop quizzes in the south this past week, we sure hope they come through on Jones’ promise. Ladies and gentlemen: we present to you the fruits of public school social studies programs.

OWS for 8-year-olds...and a Friday night palate cleanser

Lord knows you'll need one.

I learned in parochial school that seven is the age of reason, but I have a hard time imagining that most 8-year-olds are quite this "reasonable."  At Hot Air:

Give enough monkeys enough typewriters, and you will eventually end up with the complete works of Shakespeare. Give enough 8-year-olds enough “inspiration,” and you will apparently end up with an ode to the Occupy movement.

That’s the argument being advanced by the Albemarle County (Virginia) School Board in defense of lyrics purportedly written by third-grade students at Woodbrook Elementary School. The title of the song is “Part of the 99.” Here are the lyrics:

Some people have it all
But they still don’t think they have enough
They want more money
A faster ride
They’re not content
Never satisfied
Yes—they’re the 1 percent

I used to be one of the 1 percent
I worked all the time
Never saw my family
Couldn’t make life rhyme
Then the bubble burst
It really, really hurt
I lost my money
Lost my pride
Lost my home
Now I’m part of the 99

There are even more of these heartfelt lyrics penned by 8-year-olds but you get the idea.

The effort was guided by professionals at Kid Pan Alley, an organization that helps children write and perform their own songs. The organization’s motto is “Inspiring kids to be creators, not consumers”...
 

...So, putting aside the question of whether 8-year-olds working independently would dream up a battle hymn to class warfare, we are to believe that an organization dedicated to “including everyone’s diverse ideas” would not have at least nudged the tykes toward the 99 percent theme?...

A Tompkins County resident wrote the school board in Albemarle Co. to object to the obvious indoctrination of third-graders and received this response:

Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
 
Kid Pan Alley has been in our schools for many years.  It is an excellent program which gives students the opportunity to do authentic writing and performing.  Local musicians work in the classrooms to facilitate students writing their own songs.  The students vote to decide the topic of their song.  The words are those of the students and not scripted by the musicians.  Other classes have written songs about friendship, family, pets, Thanksgiving, and a wide range of other topics.  We are teaching our students how to write, not what to write.
 
Steve Koleszar
Albemarle School Board Chair

Write...I mean right.

Now for the palate cleanser.  Break out the lederhosen...and beer...and Tyrolean hats...and beer...and tubas...did I mention beer?

Just fun smiley

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