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CD features NCLB protest songs

Opponents of the No Child Left Behind Act have a new way of getting their message across: a CD of protest songs called "No Child Left Behind? Bring Back the Joy."

The CD was developed by education activists Susan Ohanian and Cap Lee to raise money for the World of Opportunity alternative school in Birmingham, Ala.

The songs, performed by folk singers, educators, and children's choirs, feature an anti-testing, pro-child message.

The lyrics to "Test the Kids," for example, sung to the tune, "If You're Happy and You Know It," includes: "No Child Left Behind says test the kids/ While teachers are maligned, test the kids. If the CEOs are liars, put the kids' feet to the fire/Shouting 'vouchers, we desire!,' test the kids. If your schools they are crumbling, test the kids/And Congress it is bumbling, test the kids. . . ."

Other song titles include "Save Our Schools," "So Many Ways to Be Smart," and "For Whom the Bell Curves."

— Fast Report
National School Boards Association


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