September 17, 2015

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I Hate a Song....Er, Policy

Today, I was at the AESA legislative meeting and PDK Executive Director Josh Starr was there as a keynote speaker. His presentation was compelling, but one slide in particular resonated with me.

He had a poster with the text of Woody Guthrie's "I Hate a Song". In particular, he excerpted:"I hate a song that makes you think that you are not any good....I am out to fight those songs to my last breath of air and my last drop of blood. I am out to sing the songs that will prove to you that this is your world and that if it has hit you pretty hard and knocked you for a dozen loops, no matter what color, what size you are, how you are built, I am out to sing the songs that make you take pride in yourself and in your work."

And he challenged us, in the context of education thinking and policy, to replace the word 'song' with 'policy', and to recognize just how intimate the impact of policy can be on students.

Just something to think over.

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