Project Description

Bring Back Our Play

By: Becca Ritchie
Teacher
Medium: song lyrics

Kindergarten minds
Use to be free to soar
With art and blocks and friends
And time on the floor

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘til it’s gone
Bring back their play
That’s how we want them taught

They took all the toys
And expected them to sit
Then they passed out a test
And taking it, broke their spirit

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘til it’s gone
Bring back their play
That’s how we want them taught

Hey you Deformers
Put away all your tests
Let students learn and grow together
And do their best

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘til it’s gone
Bring back their play
That’s how we want them taught

Late last morning
I heard the screen door slam
And a big yellow bus
Took my child for their exam

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘til it’s gone
Bring back their play
That’s how we want them taught

 

Artist’s statement: “A tune about bringing back play into our schools!” These lyrics could be sung to the tune of Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi