A while back I came across a music video about education by Grammy Award-winning musician Tom Chapin.
The song is called “Not On The Test,” a topic I thought might be appropriate to address as Oklahoma students take state-mandated exams this month.
Here’s what the publicly schooled Chapin has to say in a statement about his song:
“Music, art, drama and sports — these are what kept me involved when I was in school. And these very things that make a teacher’s (and student’s) job easier and more rewarding are what’s been cut from curriculums across the country.
“Now we are teaching by rote again — where the test, and only the test, becomes the reason to teach and study.”
Wendy K. Kleinman