Sunday, January 2, 2011

I Need My Teachers to Learn

Fantastic video from the Fireside!



Here are the lyrics:

I Need My Teachers To Learn 2.1

In the 27th row of her college class
she was working real hard and tryin' to pass.
She studied all night for the test she took
but she couldn’t use the notes on her own Macbook.
He told 'em that notecards was all they needed
and he wouldn’t change his mind even though she pleaded.
The dark red F was no surprise
as the tears formed in her eyes.

She said kids are changing any fool can tell
and the way that ya teach 'em has to change as well.
You might not like it cuz we grow up fast
but prepare us for the future and not your past.
There’s not one minute to burn,
I need my teachers to learn.

In detention hall there’s a quiet young man,
head hung low, with a phone in hand,
time to tell his parents 'bout the school’s outrage
cuz he tried to post the essay on his Facebook page.
He was hoping more people could have read those words
cuz an audience of one, well it’s so absurd.
What ever happened to compromise
he said the school should realize.

Aww those kids are changin' any fool can tell
and the ways that you’re teachin' have to change as well.
You might not like it cuz we grow up fast
but prepare us for the future and not your past.
There’s not one minute to burn,
I need my teachers to learn.

In a third grade room in a tiny town
a little blue-eyed girl is feelin' down.
She tried to bring her daddy to her show and tell.
He was gonna Skype in just to wish them well.
She showed 'em the camera on her mom’s netbook
but they wouldn’t let her do it on a school network.
That man in camo never called,
they got him blocked by a firewall.

I said things are changin' any fool can tell
and the way that you’re teachin' has to change as well.
You might not like it cuz we grow up fast
prepare us for the future and not your past.
There’s not one minute to burn,
I need my teachers to learn.

The world is changin' like it’s always been
and you gotta update software every now and then.
If you want to keep your version, well that’s OK
but there’s too many kids who need the tools of today.
It’s not a problem, you can start real small
and a baby doesn’t walk until he learns to crawl.
If a teacher’s not a learner till the day they die
well then man I’m askin' this: why should students try?

They need their teachers to learn,
We want those teachers to learn,
So come on teachers and learn!

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