Keeping politics out of government run schools requires constant vigilance. In recent years, political ideology has been brazenly imposed on students across the country. Woodbrook Elementary School in Charlottesville, Virginia, provides the latest example of a government school imposing left wing ideology, this time with the Marxist rhetoric of the Occupy movement.
Woodbrook Elementary, (principal Lisa Molinaro), allowed leftist activists into the school to train third graders in writing songs which were performed at an assembly organized by an outside group – Kid Pan Alley – in October of this year. The tune the 3rd graders “wrote” and performed could have come from the soundtrack at Zuccotti park, minus the drug overdoses and rapes.
Some people have it all, but they don’t think that they have enough They want more money A faster ride They’re not content Never satisfied
Yes- they are 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 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 happy to be part of the 99.
Remember, these are third graders. The simplistic left wing economic nonsense of this ditty boggles the mind. But to an impressionistic third grader, it plants poisonous seeds at odds with long egalitarian American traditions that disdain class hatred. It mocks American traditions of industry, hard work and accomplishment. It teaches the young to distrust and dislike, which of course is a tactic employed by thug cultures and governments throughout history.
Kid Pan Alley’s infiltration into government schools goes well beyond Woodbrook Elementary in Charlottesville. They have a presence in Payne Elementary in Lynchburg (VA), Union Elementary in Montpelier (VT), Campbell Court Elementary in Martinsville (VA), Burnley Elementary in Charlottesville (VA), Thompson Elementary in Marshall (VA), Pierce Elementary in Remington (VA), Red Hill Elementary in Virginia, Brownsville Elementary in Crozet (VA), and many many more.
Consider the results of Kid Pan Alley’s residency inside Parker Elementary Waimea, Hawaii. They spent a week inside the school writing the song “Walk to Japan” with an apocalyptic environmental message. “Reduce, reuse and recycle, maybe it’s time to face what we messed up, cause if we don’t save the ocean, we’ll have to walk to Japan.”
When you consider the leftist activists who introduced this garbage into Woodbrook Elementary, the agenda is even more clear. Kid Pan Alley receives money from the William and Mary Greve Foundation.
The Greve Foundation funds many other causes at odds with American traditions, including the American Society for Muslim Advancement, which is run by a 9-11 conspiracy theorist. The Greve Foundation is headed by John Kiser, III, author of Communist Entrepreneurs : Unknown Innovators in the Global Economy. (From a review: “the book is of value in confronting tired stereotypes about the inherent inferiority of technology under Communism.”) Kiser is from Sperryville, Virginia, which might explain why so many Virginia elementary schools.
You can watch Kid Pan Alley’s video “If I Change One Thing” here for another whiff of Occupy. The kids sing the answer: “If I could change one thing, I’d change all the rules. Freedom would be free. I’d be my own boss no matter what the cost.” Sort of like a mob.
The nonsense continues in the song: “What if kids could vote, its love that sets us free, when everyone has what they needed. There would be no more war. Yeah, that’s what kids are for.”
Kid Pan Alley is also skilled at messaging in subtle ways. It’s not often you find such veiled disdain for this group of heroes. From Kid Pan Alley’s Changing the History of the World: “Each generation adds to the history of the world, each generation does it’s part, it doesn’t have to be winning World War II.” Why choose the Greatest Generation as a contrast? Was it because the contrast between liberty and tyranny was so stark then, so clear to most Americans in that age? Was it because moral relativism had few adherents among those who won World War II?
I’ve just scratched the surface of Kid Pan Alley in this article. There is no telling what other subtle and obvious leftist messages are being brought into government schools by Kid Pan Alley’s musical projects. Does Kid Pan Alley receive any taxpayer money? If so from whom, and how much? What bureaucrats are making the decisions to fund this presence in schools throughout the country? What are the backgrounds of the board members? Perhaps the readers of BigGovernment can explore further themselves and report.