The other day I ran across an old song, “What did you learn in school today?” It’s a very clever anti-war, anti-establishment piece, written circa 1960 by Tom Paxton. I encountered it in the introduction to a classic book by Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner, Teaching as a Subversive Activity (1969).

See here for the words to the song: <http://www.mydfz.com/Paxton/lyrics/wdylis.htm>.
Here’s a rather charming black-and-white video of Pete Seeger singing the song for the BBC in 1964: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7MUydPomZw>.
A pdf of Postman and Weingartner’s book is available here: <http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/smedcohort/files/2009/07/Teaching-as-a-Subversive-Activity-Postman.pdf>.

Anyway, I’ve come up with a fifth verse for that song:  – (written by Richard Peachey )

What did you learn in school today

Dear little boy of mine

What did you learn in school today
Dear little boy of mine

   I learned that evolution’s true

   I learned that Darwin’s good for you

   And global warming’s a reality

   The science is settled and we all agree

That’s what I learned in school today

That’s what I learned in school

Anyone feel like creating a sixth verse? A seventh?

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