it's on everyone's mind again as NY Governor Andrew Cuomo passed new legislation to further scrutinize teachers, so I would like to throw my  Common Core anthem into the ring.

This song was actually created last year when the Common Core issue first reared it's ugly head.

I present it for you now… Lyrics are to follow

"Cure For The Common Core"
©2015 Richie Phillips/All Rights Reserved
I’m a teacher, I’ve gone berserk,
I’m into kids, not  paperwork
My head’s been aching, I'm restless in bed
Went to the doctor – here’s what he said:
He said – “I’ve never seen such bloodshot eyes”
That’s ‘cuz every minute I’m scrutinized
Never had so much stress before
Ain’t there a cure for the common core?
Ain’t there a cure for the common core?
All they care about are scores scores scores,
The kids get homework, but I get more!
There has to be a cure for the common core
 My own son was in tears, that’s right
Couldn’t help him with his math last nite,
Pythagorean theorem? Sakes alive!
I wouldn’t care, but he just turned 5!
It’s something that we all despise
Always getting criticized
I think that they were ill-advised
Everything is standardized
Kids are in a flu like state,
All they do is study and regurgitate!
Ain’t there a cure for the common core?
All they care about are scores scores scores
They keep saying that they know best
“Don’t be creative
Just teach for the test!”
We can’t take any more,
There’s gotta be a cure
For the common core!!!

As a former schoolteacher from Eastern Long Island, I have to take sides on this issue.  I've never been a big fan of teaching to a test.  Teachers are much more crew