Indoctrination? You decide what happened at Woodbrook
It started with a blog entry at BigGovernment.com, and now such esteemed journalistic sources as the U.K.'s Daily Mail, the Daily Progress, and the Schilling Show Blog have explored the question of whether the third-graders of Woodbrook Elementary School really could have written their own song expressing affinity for the so-called "99 percent," the Americans whose lack of wealth was highlighted in recent Occupy protests.
"You're not gonna tell me that the kids will come up with the lyrics that criticize people for their success," said J. Christian Adams, the man who first broke the story about a song students performed in October with assistance from Kid Pan Alley, a non-profit that helps professional musicians make music with children.
"You underestimate what our kids can do," said Albemarle County School Board member Steve Koleszar, as the two men debated Tuesday, January 3 on the Rob Schilling Show on WINA radio.
Kid Pan Alley has drawn many of Charlottesville's musical royalty, with annual financial donations from the Dave Matthews Band's Bama Works Fund and with musical contributions by the Hackensaw Boys, Ellis Paul, Jesse Winchester, Corey Harris, Sparky's Flaw, David Lowery, Sissy Spacek, and Terri Allard.
The voice of Allard appears in the audio recording of the Woodbrook kids posted by Schilling, but she referred a reporter to Kid Pan Alley for all comment.
What some critics seem to miss is that most of the song is more about loving what you've got than vilifying the richies. Yet on Monday, January 9, a few days after the group's board clarified its guidelines, board member and group founder, Paul Reisler, fell on his sword and admitted that he'd been too zealous by allowing such passages as “I’m part of the 99” and “they’re the one percent.”
–final three paragraphs and song lyric added January 9 and 10 in advance of print publicationAttached Documents: