Which Side Are You On?


Today, I am reimagining Florence Reece’s classic protest song, “Which Side Are You On?” in consideration of ed reform in the United States.

They say in the U.S.A. that teachers are what ails.

They’re overpaid and underworked, they’re why our students fail.

 

Which side are you on?

Which side are you on?

 

It’s oh so clear to many that this is all a game.

Political and dangerous to treat all kids the same.

 

Which side are you on?

Which side are you on?

 

If you’re a billionaire then it’s obvious to me,

You’re not someone who should influence ed policy.

 

Which side are you on?

Which side are you on?

 

You take away our teachers and close our public schools.

The end result of this is that the country goes to fools.

 

Which side are you on?

Which side are you on?

 

What is this land we live in where teachers are the root

Of every single social ill? Why do they get the boot?

 

Which side are you on?

Which side are you on?

 

It’s not about the students from your tower ivory.

You want to help the students? You must listen to me.

 

Which side are you on?

Which side are you on?

 

My mother was a teacher. Now I’m a teacher, too.

There are people who know teaching, and Mister, that ain’t you.

 

Which side are you on?

Which side are you on?

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