Blue Scholars are one of the best music groups to arrive on my musical consciousness in recent years.
Their song, “Commencement Day” actually got a teacher placed on administrative leave in Spokane, WA for sharing it with his students. Oh, the irony!
Enjoy and judge for yourself (NOTE: the song does contain multiple profanities, although not the “f-word”):
There are times that I wonder not how but if we can fix our educational system. Luckily I’m an eternal optimist. I’m also a realist – so I focus much of my energy on what I can do in my classroom to minimize my role in the forced indoctrination of our young people. Beyond that, I gladly share my opinions – with anyone who will listen – about testing, grades, professional development, the purpose of school, punishments and rewards in school, etc.
Are we just tilting at windmills?