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Bring Back the Joy

In March 2003, ACT-NOW, an advocacy group of parents and educators, traveled from all parts of the country to Birmingham, Alabama, to present the World of Opportunity (WOO) with the Courage in Education award. In the "civil rights city," the idea for this CD was born, with music emerging as a natural expression of our commitment to children and of our outrage over the harm they suffer in data-driven, test-obsessed schools.

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Proceeds from the sale of this CD go to the World of Opportunity (WOO), created in 2000 when 522 students were pushed out of the Birmingham, Alabama, public schools right before the administration of a high stakes test.

Four years later, as students continue to be pushed out, the WOO is sustained by the hard work of residents and activists in the community, offering a free social justice and civil rights educational program.

Students are earning their GEDs, going on to college, obtaining employment, and above all, filling the air with laughter, where once there was none. For more information about WOO, click here

The CD sings loudly and clearly for the WOO and for students from all ethnic backgrounds, all across America, harmed by standardized schools.

WOO students bringing back the joy of learning.


  • Save Our Schools: "Skip to my Lou" (Traditional). Rewritten by Susan Ohanian.
  • What Did You Learu In School Today?: Tom Paxton © 1964. New parody lyrics by Pikku Myy (Renewed). Cherry Lane Music Publ. Co., Inc. / DreamWorks Songs (ASCAP). Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. Performed by John Hammink & his blue grass band from Finland. www.johnhammink.com
  • For Whom The Bell Curves: Words & music by Ross Altman, Greygoose Music © 2004.
  • No Child Left Behind: Words by Cap Lee / Music by David Drake © 2004. Performed by 12-year-old Lili Kryzanek.
  • Free The Child: Words & music by George Swanson © 2004.
  • Test The Kids: "If you're happy and you know it" (Traditional). New lyrics by Susan Ohanian. www.susanohanian.org
  • No Child Left Untested: Words & music by Crystal England © 2004.
  • Flowers Are Red: Words & music by Harry Chapin. Performed by Tom Chapin. Used by permission, Warner Chappell Music. members.aol.com/chapinfo/tc/ / www.harrychapinmusic.com
  • So Many Ways To Be Smart: Words & music by Stuart Stotts © 2003. www.stuartstotts.com
  • Someone Taught Me: Words & music by David HB Drake @2003. www.davidhbdrake.com. New Tomorrows: Words & music by George Swanson © 2004.
  • Leave It Like It Is: Words & music by David Wilcox, © Irving Music Inc. Performed live by George Grove. www.kingstontrio.com www.davidwilcox.com/dw/
  • How Could Anyone Ever Tell You?: Words & music by Libby Roderick. © 1988 Libby Roderick Music from the recording "If You See A Dream." Turtle Island Records, P. O. Box 203294, Anchorage, AK 99520. (907) 278-6817 libbyr@alaska.net www.alaska.net/~libbyr/
  • Cancion de la Communidad: Words & music by teacher Carmen Quintana de Valladolid.
  • These Schools Are Our Schools: Music by Woody Guthrie, © Ludlow Music Inc. New parody words by Susan Ohanian.

Go to www.wholechildreform.com/pages/889278/index.htm for selected lyrics.

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