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There are 60 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Jan 4, 2012, titled Albemarle Students' Occupy Song Draws Criticism - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and.... In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

A foundation that works to inspire schoolchildren's creativity through music has clarified its guidelines after a group of Virginia third-graders performed a song promoting the Occupy movement.

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Ranger Rick

Miamisburg, OH

#1 Jan 4, 2012
Great! Let's teach our kids about mental conformity now. Don't rock the boat but bow to political pressure ALWAYS! What great citizens we'll produce.

“Don't Drink The Obama Kool-Aid”

Since: Aug 09

You don't need to know, Va.

#2 Jan 4, 2012
It was reported on other news sources that the THIRD graders actually wrote this song. If you believe that, I have some nice ocean front property in West Virginia I'd like to sell you!
SUSAN

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Jan 4, 2012
These kids are mimicing what there teacher is teaching. This is so wrong teachers are not supposed to push their political agenda on the students. In this day and age teachers should be extremely careful not to try to influence students political views.
buyerbeware

Crozet, VA

#4 Jan 4, 2012
Ranger Rick wrote:
Great! Let's teach our kids about mental conformity now. Don't rock the boat but bow to political pressure ALWAYS! What great citizens we'll produce.
See post #2, and then talk about mental conformity. I doubt the 3rd graders "wrote" the song. I'm sure they have heard of "occupy", but doubt they can really understand what the movement was all about:(the occupiers had a hard time telling us that).
Gru

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Jan 4, 2012
NO WAY did a third-grader write those lyrics! Amazing that the "adults" had to be instructed to guide the children away from contentious subjects! Perhaps they need to be back in schol themselves! This is what's teaching your children! I wonder if any of them know the Pledge of Allegiance -- do they even SAY that every morning before classes anymore? Or are we too afraid to "offend" someone?!
One Man

Charlottesville, VA

#6 Jan 4, 2012
As Founding Father Vladimir Ilyich Lenin prophetically stated, "Give me just one generation of youth, and I'll transform the whole world."
No Way

Ashburn, VA

#7 Jan 4, 2012
This is precisely the reason my children will NEVER go to a public school. I am completely disgusted that even one red cent of my tax money goes to these Ignorance Factories.
Ben

Lexington, VA

#8 Jan 4, 2012
The teachers of these children should be admonished to keep their opinions to themselves. Funny, I took my kids by the "occupied" park and all they noticed was the trash, liquor bottles and beer cans lying all around and the horrible smell.
Zion

Winchester, VA

#9 Jan 4, 2012
This occupy crap is in fact the real face of the public education system, its time to de-fund the whole system.
ricky

Glasgow, VA

#10 Jan 4, 2012
No Way wrote:
This is precisely the reason my children will NEVER go to a public school. I am completely disgusted that even one red cent of my tax money goes to these Ignorance Factories.
You are the ignorant one for thinking so poorly of public schools. Most Americans attend public schools and fare just fine. Lighten up.
citizen

Palmyra, VA

#11 Jan 4, 2012
No Way wrote:
This is precisely the reason my children will NEVER go to a public school. I am completely disgusted that even one red cent of my tax money goes to these Ignorance Factories.
How nice for you that you can afford to keep your children out of these "Ignorance Factories". Why don't you keep your "one red cent" and move it on out, honey.....right out of the Country!
Greene Resident

United States

#12 Jan 4, 2012
I've lost respect for Kid Pan Alley.

“Don't Drink The Obama Kool-Aid”

Since: Aug 09

You don't need to know, Va.

#13 Jan 4, 2012
ricky wrote:
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You are the ignorant one for thinking so poorly of public schools. Most Americans attend public schools and fare just fine. Lighten up.
In short, the tests showed U.S. fourth-graders performing poorly, middle school students worse. and high school students are unable to compete. By the same criteria used to say we were "average" in elementary school, "we appear to be "near the bottom" at the high school level. People have a tendency to think this picture is bleak but it doesn't apply to their own school. Chances are, even if your school compares well in SAT scores, it will still be a lightweight on an international scale.

By the time our students are ready to leave high school - ready to enter higher education and the labor force - they are doing so badly with science they are significantly weaker than their peers in other countries.
Our idea of "advanced" is clearly below international standards.
There appears to be a consistent weakness in our teaching performance in physical sciences that becomes magnified over the years.
Causes for Failure One would think that with our vastly superior resources and the level of education spending which far exceeds these competitors we would outperform nearly everyone - not so. Dr. Schmidt, who oversees the research effort into the TIMSS results, says the actual cause for the failures appears to be weak math and science curricula in U.S. middle schools.

A more insightful explanation was once proffered by Jean McLaughlin, president of Barry University who confided "The public schools lack focus; instead of concentrating on education, they dabble in social re-engineering". That assessment was confirmed by the superintendent of the country's fourth largest school district in Miami-Dade, Florida who said "Half our job is education, and the other half is social work".

read more at:http://4brevard.com/choice/ international-test-scores.htm
Lee Fuller

Ruckersville, VA

#14 Jan 4, 2012
Here are the lyrics Woodbrook officials claim the third graders wrote themselves:
Some people have it all
But they still don’t think they have enough
They want more money
A faster ride
They’re not content
Never satisfied
Yes — they’re the 1 percent
I used to be one of the 1 percent
I worked all the time
Never saw my family
Couldn’t make life rhyme
Then the bubble burst
It really, really hurt
I lost my money
Lost my pride
Lost my home
Now I’m part of the 99
Some people have it all
But they still don’t think they have enough
They want more money
A faster ride
They’re not content
Never satisfied
Yes — they’re the 1 percent
I used to be sad, now I’m satisfied
’Cause I really have enough
Though I lost my yacht and plane
Didn’t need that extra stuff
Could have been much worse
You don’t need to be first
’Cause I’ve got my friends
Here by my side
Don’t need it all
I’m so happy to be part of the 99

I'm sure they had no help at all.

Wonder what would have happened if they had written "Jesus Loves Me"

Just sayin'
Ellie

Charlottesville, VA

#15 Jan 4, 2012
I am so glad I don't have kids, and if I did I would home school. OWS is the product of what our school systems have produced.

I would love to see the video of the 3rd graders writing the lyrics to this song.

This is pure indoctrination going on in the public school system, and in my opinion it's wrong. 3rd graders should be learning about reading, writing, and arithmetic, not filling their brains w/political bunk.
RNR

Charlottesville, VA

#16 Jan 4, 2012
to all that think public schools bite a big one:
I can't afford private school for my daughters and certainly can't afford to stop working and home school them. So get off your high horses, its not always "the public school system" that sucks. And this song was created by students being advised by KPA staff, NOT the public school teachers. Oh and for all of the public school critics that actually had to go to public school yourselves, how do you feel you turned out?, yes, just what I thought.....
Ruckysville

United States

#17 Jan 4, 2012
The teacher needs to take responsibility for this. Its lame and weak to blame this on third graders. They need to teach the children how to compete with the global workforce and not whine about others. This is not defendable. This is what I pay my high property taxes for? Someone needs to lose their job over this. If this was a song about Christianity they would be gone by now.
Concerned

Palmyra, VA

#18 Jan 4, 2012
Im Ya Huckleberry wrote:
<quoted text> In short, the tests showed U.S. fourth-graders performing poorly, middle school students worse. and high school students are unable to compete. By the same criteria used to say we were "average" in elementary school, "we appear to be "near the bottom" at the high school level. People have a tendency to think this picture is bleak but it doesn't apply to their own school. Chances are, even if your school compares well in SAT scores, it will still be a lightweight on an international scale.
By the time our students are ready to leave high school - ready to enter higher education and the labor force - they are doing so badly with science they are significantly weaker than their peers in other countries.
Our idea of "advanced" is clearly below international standards.
There appears to be a consistent weakness in our teaching performance in physical sciences that becomes magnified over the years.
Causes for Failure One would think that with our vastly superior resources and the level of education spending which far exceeds these competitors we would outperform nearly everyone - not so. Dr. Schmidt, who oversees the research effort into the TIMSS results, says the actual cause for the failures appears to be weak math and science curricula in U.S. middle schools.
A more insightful explanation was once proffered by Jean McLaughlin, president of Barry University who confided "The public schools lack focus; instead of concentrating on education, they dabble in social re-engineering". That assessment was confirmed by the superintendent of the country's fourth largest school district in Miami-Dade, Florida who said "Half our job is education, and the other half is social work".
read more at:http://4brevard.com/choice/ international-test-scores.htm
Ricky...
You can find data to support any statement!
Also, schools teach what their governments mandate. If you want to blame anyone for the dumbing down of America, look to the govenment!
Ruckysville

United States

#19 Jan 4, 2012
RNR wrote:
to all that think public schools bite a big one:
I can't afford private school for my daughters and certainly can't afford to stop working and home school them. So get off your high horses, its not always "the public school system" that sucks. And this song was created by students being advised by KPA staff, NOT the public school teachers. Oh and for all of the public school critics that actually had to go to public school yourselves, how do you feel you turned out?, yes, just what I thought.....
Give me a break, are you telling me that there wasn't any teacher involvement with 3rd graders? They knew exactly what was going on. They need to own up to their responsibility, that would be a lesson that the kids would learn from. Both KPA and the teacher need to own up to their error. By the way the school system isn't the same as when I went to school in the late 70s. My kids go to Baker Butler and I have nothing but praise for their teachers but this isn't the norm. My wife is also a teacher and I know that she would never let this happen. The teacher that let this happen needs to go.
Fuckleberry Sucks

Charlottesville, VA

#20 Jan 4, 2012
I remember back in school having to sing that stupid Lee Greenwood song that the GOP adopted as its unnofficial national anthem. We sure as hell didn't want to sing it, but I don't remember anybody crying about that the way they are bellyaching over this.

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