Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Hmmm . . .

There's a picture in today's Register-Star of the Hudson middle school band and choir performing "Read It," a variation of the Michael Jackson song “Beat It”: "'Read It' rally." Before reading the entire caption, I assumed they were rehearsing for this weekend's Hudson Children's Book Festival, but it turns out it was a "pep rally . . . to get the students excited about the upcoming English Language Arts state test this week."


  1. Carole,

    Sorry to be late with this comment, but I sense that you felt it odd that there would be a Pep Rally to prepare for tests... Well, I applaud these pepsters -- we should be cheering and pom-pomming for academic excellence. I know lots of folks don't like tests -- but, lots of people don't like football. We still cheer our kids on to -- victory?

    No,no. We need more cheering for smarts. Why not?


  2. Sorry, Peter. I still think it's odd, but that's not to say I don't think academic excellence should be encouraged and cheered. But a pep rally the week before a standardized test? Maybe they should have been singing Crosby, Stills & Nash "Teach Your Children Well."