Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Common Core, Cuomo targeted in district’s biting back-to-school spoof - The Washington Post

Common Core, Cuomo targeted in district’s biting back-to-school spoof - The Washington Post:

Common Core, Cuomo targeted in district’s biting back-to-school spoof



 Administrators drone on and on! All their speeches cause me to yawn.

I hope somebody will pull the alarm
A fire drill won’t cause no harm.
Those lyrics come from a rather unusual back-to-school video showing staffers from the Bay Shore School District in New York performing a biting spoof at a superintendent’s conference Tuesday, the day before the opening of the 2016-17 school year.
Titled “Welcome Back Bay Shore Teachers” and written to the tune of “Summer Nights” from the “Grease” musical, the song targets the Common Core State Standards and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), and throws in a reference to the district superintendent, Joseph Bond.
As you read the lyrics, imagine an auditorium with teachers and administrators singing and dancing around with the lyrics projected on a screen on the stage. Or you can watch the videobelow.

Summer’s over had me a blast
Summer’s over happened so fast
Yesterday I’m in the Keys
Yesterday I was at ease
Summer’s gone
Now back to school
Oh no now
Think about Common Core
Common Core, Common Core,
Cuomo isn’t our friend
Common Core Common Core
When’s his 2nd term end?!
Governor Cuomo, sure likes to spend
He proposes cuts till the end
He struts his stuff in Albany!
Treats New York like his property!
Summer’s gone now back to school
Oh no now, how I hate Conference Day
Conference Day Conference Day,
Joe Bond seems kinda cool
Conference Day Conference Day
Not as cool as the pool!
Administrators drone on and on!
All their speeches cause me to yawn.
I hope somebody will pull the alarm
A fire drill won’t cause no harm.
Summer’s gone
Now back to school
Here come all of the Stats!
Here’s a Stat! There’s a Stat!
Oh, the numbers don’t lie.
Here’s a Stat! There’s a Stat!
Tell us what they imply.
Shoo da bop bop …
A statement published by Newsday from the school district says:
“The moment depicted in the video was a small part of a larger event celebrating the difference Bay Shore teachers make in the lives of our students. Part of that moment included a lighthearted spoof of some of the issues that are currently at the forefront in public education. The overall purpose of the moment and the event as a whole was to celebrate our schools and the lives that can be changed when an entire community comes together to support our students.”
Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.
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