No Child Left Behind has inspired protest songs, reports USA Today.
At first, Lily Eskelsen’s sparkling alto lends her the air of a latter-day Joan Baez. She’s strumming a guitar softly — how far behind can the songs be about the coal miners? But the former Utah teacher’s subject soon becomes clear:
“A bureaucrat came to our town.
And at first we thought he jested,
He said, “When I get through with you folks,
There’ll be no child left untested.”
She performed the song (with the unforgettable hook “If we have to test their butts off, there’ll be no child’s behind left”) this week at the National Education Association’s annual meeting.
. . . Another CD, released in May, with lyrics by former Fort Collins, Colo., teacher Cheryl Miller Thurston, features more songs from a teacher’s point of view, including one with this refrain: “No child’s left behind, in America. No child’s left behind, guaranteed. No child’s left behind, in America. But, honey, they’re losing me! “
I’m sorry for those poor, pitiful teachers, but even sorrier for students who are way behind, and don’t have teachers willing to face the problem and do something about it.