You Don’t Impress Me Much

 

I’ve met a lot of shysters who think they’re pretty smart

But you have propaganda right down to an art

You think you're a genius... well you drive me up the wall

You’re an arrogant “reformer” ...you’re a know-it-all     

 

Oh, you’re so TFA Special

Oh, you’re the NCTQ  

(Spoken)  Okay, so you're from the Ivy League

 

You don’t impress me much

So you had business school             

But do you have the touch?

Now don’t get me wrong

I know you’re JUST starting out

But scripted lessons aren’t what teaching’s all about…

You don’t impress me much

 

So you got a few weeks’ training; now you’re in front of students

But a teacher education would’ve been a lot more prudent

Put a standard on the board and students write it in their planners

Your paint-by-numbers teaching aligns with Pearson’s manner

 

Oh, you’re so TFA Special

Oh, you’re the NCTQ

(Spoken)  Yikes… so YOU'RE Wendy Kopp

 

You don’t impress me much

So you copy standards                 

But do you have the touch?

Now don’t get me wrong

I know you’re JUST starting out

But scripted lessons aren’t what teaching’s all about…

You don’t impress me much

 

You’re into corporate reform and like to hear yourself talk

Well you’re a conceited jerk... the kind I can’t help but mock

I can’t believe you kiss your data scores goodnight

Really… tell me son… you must be joking, right?

 

Oh, you’re so TFA Special

Oh, you’re the NCTQ

(Spoken)  Okay, so you run a charter school…

 

You don’t impress me much

So you test prep and SLANT

But do you have the touch?

Now don’t get me wrong

I know you’re JUST starting out

But scripted lessons aren’t what teaching’s all about…

You don’t impress me much

So you think you can teach

But do you have the touch?

Now don’t get me wrong

I know you’re JUST starting out

But scripted lessons aren’t what teaching’s all about…

You don’t impress me much

 

(Spoken)

Okay, so you think you’re John Dewey or something…

Try some REAL experiential learning sometime…

Maybe a Socratic Seminar…

How ‘bout some project-based learning…

 

You don’t impress me…