Unique and precious

Is each boy and girl

Every single one

All around the world

 

Some are normal

Whatever that means

But so many others

Have much greater needs

 

There was a place

Known as Willowbrook

A place of mis’ry

Where we didn’t have to look

 

Instead of school

It’s where THOSE kids went

But the ones from rich families

To private schools were sent

 

Education is a human right

Into darkness, it shines a light

Let’s meet all the needs of all of our kids

Brilliant, average, special ed

 

 

 

 

 

A B C D E F G

Don’t you take my school from me

Charters don’t take every kid

But you fund them like they did

No more bubbling standardized tests

They don’t measure real progress

 

Like rich kids I need the arts

Modern labs would be a start

Some of us have special needs, but

All are flowers, none are weeds

Educate each one of us

Don’t send us to the back-of-the-bus!

 

In nineteen hundred fifty four

Supreme Court opened schoolhouse doors

To students of every race

Don’t bring back the bad old days

Education’s an expense that

Costs far less than ignorance

 

 

Hey, there, worried Mom
Want the very best for all your kids?
Look, your local public school can give you all of that – Not private!
Hey there, with your kids
High-fees no criteria of excellence
Private school doesn’t have the whole shebang! – not even the clothes they wear!
Okay, you’re school shopping but let’s get real for once
Don’t be a private school dunce!
Hey there, get involved
Help our public schools from deep inside
Life is a reality, you can’t always run away
Don’t be so scared of changing what you see wrong
It’s time for getting in there yourself – you’re needed
USE KAZOO’S HERE FOR THE SHORT INSTRUMENTAL BREAK
Hey there, parent’s all
Education’s tough but so are you
Bring out all the smarts you’ve got and oh, what a change could be
The world would see – some new public schools
(Hey there, taxpayer)
Wake up with our schools
(Help out with our schools)
Come on, save our schools
Fade
Hey there public schools
Let’s help public schools

Sing this seductively like Francis, pretend to seduce the audience, smoulder!

Where the smarts are
A school waits for me
A caring place
A teacher's face
And my education's FREE!
Where the smarts are
Public school's for me
The right of every
boy and girl
To learn how
our world should be

BRIDGE
In the crowd of a million people
Public school is for all
And we will climb to the highest
steeple, remind the world it is ours

Till they know this,
we wait patiently
Where the smarts are,
Where the smarts are
Where the smarts are
Public schools for ME!

Everyone should get an education
Money cannot be the measurement
Nowhere can the brain receive a workout
When you are flat broke
Your cash is spent

There's no virtue in privatizing
Our schools - Let's make them good
Even tho we still see ignorance around
Our public schools can stand their ground
Education must be free - This is a thing PROFOUND!

Let's start supporting our schools
For ALL our Free PUBLIC schools!

CBC in the morning, CBC in the evening
CBC at supper-time.
We love the CBC and
We listen all the time...to

Balance in the morning, balance in the evening
Balance at supper-time.
We love our balanced newscasts and
We listen all the time....to

Good music in the morning, music in the evening
Great music at supper-time.
We love our canadian music
On CBC all the time.

Canadian culture in the morning, multi-culture in the evening...
Native culture at supper-time
We love our Canadian culture
On CBC all the time!

(repeat first stanza)

Tune: Down By The Bay - Linda Slavin Author, Peterborough Gaggle

O CBC, YOU MAKE US GLOW
ACROSS OUR LAND, UNITE US SO
WITH PRIDE SO STRONG, CAUSE WE BELONG
TO A COUNTRY SO GREAT -
HARPER CAN'T BERATE
OUR CBC....

O CBC, WE WON'T LET YOU GO
AS IT HAPPENS – NOT HAPPEN
WE CAN'T IMAGINE IT SO
AND WITHOUT 'Q', WE'D ALL BE LOST
SO GET OUT YOUR PENS
DEAN'S WRONG AGAIN
IT'S A MODEST COST!!!

SO HARPER HEAR THESE GRANNIES CALL
OUR HISTORY'S CLEAR, ON CBC'S ROLE
IN CANADA'S CHANGE FROM A HOME ON THE RANGE
TO A COUNTRY WE KNOW WILL CONTINUE TO GROW
THANKS TO CBC.

If you can't pay tuition
We have got a tip for you
Just go and sell a kidney
You need only one not two

We only like the students
Who can pay up front with dough
If you don't have the money
Sorry kid you'll have to go

Kidneys are a good re-source
You need just one to live
We won't have to pay more tax
You will be the one to give.....for

Learning is not important
Poor folks do not count we say
We will import trained workers
Let some other country pay!

See photo journal of the Action League (San Francisco Bay Area) Raging Grannies as Billionaires for Fee Hikes as they appeared on the steps of San Francisco City Hall on March 4, 2010. On this national day of student strikes, tens of thousands were on the streets in the SF Bay Area.