The Cockeyed Optimist: Hope for Education Reform in 2012

I have decided that the best end-of-year post should be to re-introduce some lyrics I posted over a year ago from the famous musical, South Pacific.  Despite my serious concerns about the decisions (or lack of decisions) being made in Washington DC to reform our outdated education system, I always like to end the year with a ray of hope.   Maybe 2012 will be the year that we finally take the steps to dismantle our education system and rebuild it from the ground up, so that every child in the United States has equal access to a quality education.  So enjoy the lyrics, and have a happy new year!

 

THE COCKEYED OPTIMIST

When the skies are brighter canary yellow
I forget ev’ry cloud I’ve ever seen,
So they called me a cockeyed optimist
Immature and incurably green.

I have heard people rant and rave and bellow
That we’re done and we might as well be dead,
But I’m only a cockeyed optimist
And I can’t get it into my head.

I hear the human race
Is fallin’ on its face
And hasn’t very far to go,
But ev’ry whippoorwill
Is sellin’ me a bill,
And tellin’ me it just ain’t so.

I could say life is just a bowl of Jello
And appear more intelligent and smart,
But I’m stuck like a dope
With a thing called hope,
And I can’t get it out of my heart!
Not this heart…

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