Bye, Bye Public School Guy (to the tune of “American Pie”)

A very short time ago

I can still remember how teaching made me smile

And I knew if I teach my way

That my students would be happy everyday

And they’d prepare for the future

 

But testing made me sick

With every test prep I had used

Bad news in the classroom

I couldn't take one more year

 

I can't remember if I cried

When I was so bored I stepped outside

But something touched me deep inside

The day my creativity died

[Chorus]

So bye-bye, public school guy

Took my papers to the principal, but she said pray on it

And them good colleagues were saying goodbye and good luck.

Singin' Testing will be the death of our schools

This'll be the day that we die 

 

[Verse 1]

Did you write the testing calendar

And do you have faith in people downtown

If the Principal tells you so?

Now do you believe in prepare and test

Can testing save our teachers’ jobs

And can you teach me to teach to the test?

 

Well, that testing took away all the fun

'Cause I still see when I visit the schools

You all gave up your fine training

To just teach to the test

 

I was a teacher who no longer had fun

With a hard working class and music throughout

But I knew I definitely finished

The day the testing began

 

[Chorus]

So bye-bye, public school guy

Took my papers to the principal, but she said pray on it

And them good colleagues were saying goodbye and good luck.

Singin' Testing will be the death of our schools

This'll be the day that we die 

 

 

[Verse 2]

Now for ten years I’ve been out of the classroom

And testing has grown more obscene than ever

But that's not how it used to be

When the teacher taught and the children learned

In a way that brought in fun too.

And a pride that came from you and me

 

Oh, and while the teachers were looking down

The test makers stole from everyone around

The money was spent on tests

Not on classroom requests

 

And while teachers read scripted texts

Students were bored and lost attention

And we sang dirges in the lounge

The day the testing began

 

[Chorus]

So bye-bye, public school guy

Took my papers to the principal, but she said pray on it

And them good colleagues were saying goodbye and good luck.

Singin' Testing will be the death of our schools

This'll be the day that we die 

 

[Verse 3]

Helter skelter in a classroom swelter

The students went to playground for a break and shelter

Three days on a skill and no mastery

No review and no remediation

The students were not enriched or challenged

With the reformers on the sidelines criticizing 

 

Now the pressure on the teachers was immense and huge

While the principals played a demanding tune

We all wanted to cry about the tests

Oh, but we never got the chance

 

'Cause the downtown people try to blame the teachers

The teachers’ union doesn’t protect them either

Do you recall what was it like before

When you could teach and shut the door

 

[Chorus]

So bye-bye, public school guy

Took my papers to the principal, but she said pray on it

And them good colleagues were saying goodbye and good luck.

Singin' Testing will be the death of our schools

This'll be the day that we die 

 

 [Verse 4]

Oh, and there we were all teaching to the test

A generation dumbed down for life

With no time left to learn to think

So come on, Jack be a follower, Jack be a mouse

Jack only knew how to pass tests

'Cause test scores are the only thing that counts

 

Oh, and as I watched him graduate

My eyes were sad and full of tears

No preparation for life or college

Could darken his future plans

 

And as the test scores continue to fall

We began to see the picture of all

Blaming teachers and not socio economics

The day the testing began

 

So bye-bye, public school guy

Took my papers to the principal, but she said pray on it

And them good colleagues were saying goodbye and good luck.

Singin' Testing will be the death of our schools

This'll be the day that we die"

 

[Outro]

I met a kid who never tested well

And she said that testing was hell

Then she just cried and ran away

Knowin testing was the next day

Where I remember how public school used to be

There was fun and play and learning for you and me

 

And on the playground, the children screamed

Their tests were over and freedom seemed

But they did not that there were even more

Once that entered the classroom door

 

And the four men we despise the most

Duncan, Deasy, Gates, and Broad

Want the teachers to carry a bigger load

Don’t forget the others of the fateful road

 

And they were singin bye-bye, public school guy

Took my papers to the principal, but she said pray on it

And them good colleagues were saying goodbye and good luck.

Singin' Testing will be the death of our schools

This'll be the day that we die

 

[Chorus]

So bye-bye, public school guy

Took my papers to the principal, but she said pray on it

And them good colleagues were saying goodbye and good luck.

Singin' Testing will be the death of our schools

This'll be the day that we die 


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