SUPER SHINY HAPPY WORLD!
Super Shiny Happy World is a fabulous place to be
If you take a glance around this is what you’ll see
The environment is fabulous, natural, clean, and grown
The economy is booming and poverties unknown.
The government reflects the country that it leads
Children are all celebrated and met are all their needs
Self-assured adults who are well-adjusted thinkers
Make positive decisions and are collaborative leaders
How? How you say?
How did it get to be this way?
Well, let’s see. It all started out way back when.
When the arts were fully integrated, integrated in!
A group of teachers in 2001
Had had enough................... they were done.
Done with worksheets, the lack of arts
And curriculum that historically lacked women’s smarts.
They were tired of trying to fit IT all in
and students who couldn’t get it .......again and again
Sick of Gradgrind horrors and high stakes tests
That wouldn’t ever truly show every child’s best
Group 9, they were called, the leaders of change
Their goal, to create classrooms that could meet the range
They integrated and taught the arts
They utilized each child’s smarts
Was it easy............. NO
But they gave it their GO
They tried many different ways, they read all the right books
And sure enough, from Gradgrinds, they got many strange looks.
Harvey taught reading through Shakespeare and more
Holly checked comprehension with pop up book ‘saurs
Chris used meaningful statistics to teach about percents
And Ruth made the alphabet belong to her young kits!
They did the transformation model to include female experience
Practiced all curriculum ideologies which took a lot of patience
They recognized the need to exist socially, globally, and intrinsically
And took to heart the article, “Music in schools: An unfinished symphony”
In their classes, all were taught through the Arts of their world, selves, and subjects
No longer were they solely taught to just produce or be objects.
Student started getting it and smiling much more
Their learning was no longer guided by a horrible Gradgrind bore!
And then it slowly began to spread
The Gradgrinds of the world were filled with dread!
The students of Group 9 began to share the news
And the group itself saw their success and knew they couldn’t lose.
They encouraged teachers everywhere to dialogue with peers
To take pride in themselves and share their fears
They spread the word that change was in
And only then did it begin.
Slowly. Oh so slowly, the teachers began to see
That Group 9 was learning and sharing about a new way to be
Celebrate the arts. Trust the process. Use them as your tools.
Then it happened, Everyone became art teachers...............
there were 50 in each school!
Administrators caught on too that change was on the way
Heather kept on fighting lies (and they began to pay)
Scores went up in everything and moral was out the roof
Students and staff just smiled they knew which was the truest proof.
Parents were not far behind in seeing the amazing transformations
They rallied and picketed for more funding and threatened ramifications
And what happened next was amazing indeed
The National Defense Budget was cut and schools were given what they’d need.
The cheer went up and so far out
People everywhere did shout,
“Support the teachers, arts, and kids!”
And then the world finally did.
So, now you see how we got here
And yes you see my happy tears
It was a long row they hoed
So much strength and time they showed
But stop and look where we are now
Not muffled by a Gradgrind frown
But instead, because they toiled
here we are in this Super Shiny Happy World!
Dedicated to the troops of Shoreline’s Group 9!
By Jenn McMurrin