Working Teacher’s Ph.D.

 

You get up every morning when sunlight’s afar

And drive to school in a really modest car

Another day teaching may not ALWAYS be fun

But you gotta get it started if you’re gonna git ‘r’ done

Check your lesson plans and roll up your sleeves

You’re working on a working teacher’s Ph.D.

 

With your heart and your mind and the sweat on your brow

You teach that knowledge really makes the world go ‘round

If it’s innovative, creative, solid, and fair

You can bet most of it was taught right here

With pride, honor, and integrity

By a TEACHER with a working teacher’s Ph.D.

 

Well there’s no shame in a lesson well taught

Doing science labs or analyzing plot

As a matter-of-fact let's set things straight

Bill Gates and TFA aren’t that great!

So take your ENRON DATA mentality

And get yourself a working teacher’s Ph.D.

 

When the final bell rings and the school day ends

More hours of grading and planning begin

You’ve done your best with the students you got

Proud of what they learned and what you taught

You’re not empowered, WAITING FOR SUPER POLICY

But you got yourself a working teacher’s Ph.D.

 

Well there’s no shame in a lesson well taught

Doing science labs or analyzing plot

As a matter-of-fact let's set things straight

Michelle Rhee and Charter Fools aren’t that great!

So take your silver bullet, quick fix mentality

And get yourself a working teacher’s Ph.D.

Data-Driven Lullaby

 

I really don’t appreciate

The fact you’re lecturin’ here

Your voice sounds so arrogant

And your lack of knowledge is clear

So stop wasting my planning time

I’m done lis’nin’ to you

‘Cause test prep is all you want me to do

 

Test prep is all you want me to do

I just took out my red pen

And now I’m grading you!

You think you know about teaching

But you don’t have a clue

‘Cause test prep is all you want me to do

 

(Spoken)

Ah, let’s do some real teaching now…

 

Test prep is all you want me to do

All the REAL teachers around here

Are saying, “Shame on you!”

You think you know about teaching

But you don’t have a clue

‘Cause test prep is all you want me to do

Test prep is all you want me to do