Albemarle County Virginia School District Defends #Occupy Song

We came across this article over at WeaselZippers that describes an incident where 3rd-grade students at Woodbrook Elementary School performed a song called “Part of the 99” as part of a “Kid Pan Alley” performance in October.

Here’s 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

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 sad, now I’m satisfied
’Cause I really have enough
Though I lost my yacht and plane
Didn’t need that extra stuff
Could have been much worse
You don’t need to be first
’Cause I’ve got my friends
Here by my side
Don’t need it all
I’m so happy to be part of the 99

We think that this is a severe misconduct by the “professionals” that work for this school-district. Under no circumstance should an elementary child be encouraged to perform a song that promotes a politically biased position, Occupy or Tea Party. The “professional” that organized this assembly and allowed this behavior to go on should be disciplined.

But, wait! There’s more!

Yep, you heard that right. The school board president, Steve Koleszar stated, “They don’t censor student work.” Student work? No, really, do you expect people of rational mind and thought to believe that nonsense? Mr. Koleszar is being lied to, or he’s trying to cover up something, because no one can be that stupid.

A 3rd grader does not have the cognitive ability to compose a song about this complex of an issue in society without being prompted or pushed by an adult. They definitely don’t know anything about economic “bubbles.” The only bubbles they know are the ones created by their bubble gum. One would think that understanding the arguments behind the 1% and 99% might require a student to understand percents. Percents are not even introduced to students in Virginia until 6th grade. Go check out the Virginia Math Standards of Learning to see for yourself. Not only that, the song is being sung from a first person point of view, so not only are they claiming that kids created this song, but they are saying they are able to understand the world from an adult perspective.

It is our hope that taxpayers within this school district get together and work to remove this guy from the school board. We think there are more questions that should be answered by the school district personnel regarding the creation of this song. They really deserve to know that since “Kid Pan Alley” was a visiting group where were the school district personnel while this song was being written.  This is not a small issue and should not be disregarded as such.

Conservatives spend a lot of time criticizing the condition of our public schools. The criticism is often directed at math and science. That is not where the real problems are. They need to be more concerned about the value system so called “professionals” are promoting in our schools. School districts are have become propaganda centers for the left in this country. The more you sit idly by, the worst it is going to become.

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One response to “Albemarle County Virginia School District Defends #Occupy Song

  1. FYI only one School Board member Koleszar had the guts to publically defend this. What isn’t ever reported is that another School Board member Buyaki immediately spoke about everything wrong with this. And within minutes of the radio show breaking this the two sat down to a civilized lunch and discussed politely for an hour. The other SB members hide and won’t return my messages.

    I am a parent of school children in the same system and I complained 5 years ago to the Administration, Not about lyrics, so spokesspinner is right, but about ignoring selective children and cost and ties to curriculum, and ability to opt out and ………the only concession was the opt out they ignored the rest. And then no one told the other schools so only my school
    did it.
    Sadly I have had several (3) of our friends in the schools say that the Kid Pan Alley program is well run, fun for the kids, and a worthless waste of time about half of the time. Kid Pan Alley website says it;s $1200 plus travel and expenses and there are always 2 sessions but we can’t give out teacher raises for three years because of budget cuts. My childrens elementary school had 4 visits in the last three years, so without any expenses the cost would be $4800 or $480 per teacher, $160 per year. That’s not a ton of money but it better to pay classroom teachers than child users. And they are users, they use my child to write and sing and perform at the downtown theatre and try to hawk souvieniers and CD’s to my kids and the public, and they pocket every penny. Not one red cent to our band program or choir, not even a donated drum stick or a box of reeds.

    I run 4 Destination Imagination Programs as a volunteer and my wife works in a school cafeteria, so we have many friends of many political opinions in the schools not one thinks the County should be funding Kid Pan Alley while telling me there is no money left for gifted programs like DI and telling my wife’s coworkers they will be getting a few cents increase this year.


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