I thought I would revisit my love of music and somehow relate it to the Montgomery County Public Schools and its current fascination with all-things social justice. And so here’s a shot at a list of four social justice warrior-like songs that might provide MCPS with some theme music as it does battle with "da man":
(Click here to read a previous blog about our social justice warrior superintendent Joshua Starr.)
A Change is Gonna Come (1965), Sam Cooke: Under Starr’s leadership, a lot in MCPS is changing—will we recognize, for example, the Seven Keys in two years? So, is there any better song to capture the mood? “It’s been a long, a long time coming, But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will.”
The Message (1982), Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five: With the U.S. Department of Education (da man) pushing Race to the Top, I can actually see MCPS rapping “Don’t push me cause I’m close to the edge, I'm trying not to lose my head.”
Get Up, Stand Up (1973), The Wailers: I cannot think of a better song to hum in the background (“We sick an' tired of-a your ism-skism game …”) as Starr rallies the troop around his three-year moratorium on standardized testing used to evaluate teachers.
Imagine (1971), John Lennon: We live in a county that never gives up on the notion that everyone is the same and equal (and that is why I love living here). Although, this moral imperative hasn’t helped us close the academic achievement gaps. Still, we continue to “Imagine all the people sharing all the world.”
Got a song that you think fits the mood in MCPS? Leave your suggestions in the comment box.