A Parody

As some of my readers may know, I have spent the last 10 months studying to earn my Masters of Arts in Teaching from George Fox University. That program is now coming to an end, and I am graduating TOMORROW. Clearly this is madness.

I wanted to mark this transition from school to work somehow, but I wasn’t sure what the best way to do that would be. Then I remembered a song I heard a couple months back:

I love this song for the obvious skill of the musicians, the somewhat cynical nature of the lyrics, but also just stylistically. This gave me an idea: I could write a parody.

And so I did. I put my old media production skills to use, whipped up some new lyrics, and recorded the whole thing this weekend.

Now obviously I am not as skilled a musician as Mick Moloney and his compatriots. Also, I recorded this with the built-in microphone on my 6-year-old macbook. However, I would like to think that my lyrics are witty, and I hope the sound quality is at least tolerable. Enjoy!

Here are the lyrics:

Verse 1:

Around ten months ago today we went to Newberg green

And we told ourselves the benefits of crushing debt could be seen

We joined that proud tradition of helping kids to learn

And we set out on the road that day a new degree to earn

We talked about diversity and how best to respond

And we learned the tricks of our newfound trade in classes short and long

And every day all summer long, till we were wont to swoon


And we waited for the moment when we’d have our own class room.

There was Dr. Tom Buchanan, Brenda Morton and Amy Dee

And we listened and we wrote a lot as we learned how best to teach

And though we’ve lost some sleep, we’ve made some friends along the way

We’re pushing through, it’s all over soon at the George Fox MAT


Verse 2:

When we first went into our schools, we felt a little fear

Cause everything was fresh and new, the learning curve was sheer

We learned the ropes while on the run, it was a trial by fire

And when at home we nodded off, cause teaching makes you tired

When crafting new assessments, we kept the standards clear

The protests of our students put strain upon our ears

But if they were proficient, We’ll pass them with a C

Though we’re feeling dead, we’ll push ahead in the George Fox MAT

Verse 3:

I’ve heard it said a hundred times that teaching can’t be hard

But I think those kinds of people have earned our disregard

Just ask them about scaffolding or the EdTPA

And watch them as they finally learn to watch just what they say

When it’s time for action research we were all on the back foot

To analyze our SLGs seemed like we would go caput

We pushed on through the hardship, and soon we’ll have degrees

After presenting all our posters at the George Fox MAT



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