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Third Graders’ Song About Occupy Wall Street Raises Suspicions

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I’m sure that more than a few songs have been written about Occupy Wall Street movement. (and that some of those songs are meaner than others) But one certain song raises a few questions, particularly about who actually wrote it.

A school district in Virginia is defending a song about the Occupy Wall Street movement that was allegedly written by third graders. The song, called “Part of the 99,” was part of a program sponsored by Kid Pan Alley. Although the students “worked with a facilitator” to come up with the theme and lyrics, a representative from the district claimed the kids wrote the song themselves. But really, I doubt an 8-year-old could come up with lyrics like this:

I used to be one of the 1 percent
I worked all the time
Never saw my family
Couldn’t make life rhyme
Then the bubble burst
It really, really hurt
I lost my money
Lost my pride
Lost my home
Now I’m part of the 99

First of all, I’m certain these kids most likely did not write these lyrics. What 8-year-old really pays attention to the Occupy movement anyway? Personally, I have some suspicions about the “facilitator” that helped them…

But there’s something else that bugs me about this story. Remember just a few weeks ago, a couple of people got all upset about kids singing “Silent Night” in a Christmas program because the lyrics talked about Jesus. Isn’t it funny that the schools seem to have no problem with kids singing about the Occupy movement, but get all up in arms when they try to sing about God?

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