"Not On the Test"

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  1. allisonbeth

    allisonbeth Comrade

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    Mar 21, 2008

    Has anyone heard this before? So true and funny. (You can listen to it for free)
    http://www.myspace.com/tomchapin
    http://members.aol.com/chapinfo/tc/mp3.html


    Not On The Test
    by John Forster & Tom Chapin
    © 2007 Limousine Music Co. & The Last Music Co. (ASCAP)

    Go on to sleep now, third grader of mine.
    The test is tomorrow but you'll do just fine.
    It's reading and math. Forget all the rest.
    You don't need to know what is not on the test.

    Each box that you mark on each test that you take,
    Remember your teachers. Their jobs are at stake.
    Your score is their score, but don't get all stressed.
    They'd never teach anything not on the test.

    The School Board is faced with no child left behind
    With rules but no funding, they're caught in a bind.
    So music and art and the things you love best
    Are not in your school 'cause they're not on the test.

    Sleep, sleep, and as you progress
    You'll learn there's a lot that is not on the test.

    Debate is a skill that is useful to know,
    Unless you're in Congress or talk radio,
    Where shouting and spouting and spewing are blessed
    'Cause rational discourse was not on the test.

    Thinking's important. It's good to know how.
    And someday you'll learn to, but someday's not now.
    Go on to sleep, now. You need your rest.
    Don't think about thinking. It's not on the test.
     
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  3. 1gdteach

    1gdteach Companion

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    Mar 21, 2008

    You know I am a Practicum Student Teacher right now and we talk about that all the time in class. I think it is sad how we get so wrapped up in "teaching the test" that sometimes we forget to stop and take the teachable moments more serious.....:sorry:
     

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