What Did You Learn in School Today (This score available as ABC, SongWright, PostScript, PNG, or PMW, or a MIDI file) Pennywhistle notation and Dulcimer tab for this song is also available What Did You Learn in School Today (Tom Paxton) What did you learn in school today, dear little boy of mine? And that’s what I learned in school today. Pingback: What Did The Children Learn in School Today? Hegemony fattens the profits of what Dwight Eisenhower described as our “military/industrial complex”, profiteers who just happen to belong to the 1% of our population now facing protests from the Occupy Wall Street movement. It goes unnoticed by the Republicans running to replace Obama, and it is largely unreported by US media. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Occasionally, however, a personal story of drone warfare breaks into an American media outlet. In Pashtun culture, a jirga acts as both a parliament and a courtroom: it is the time-honored way in which Pashtuns have tried to establish rules and settle differences amicably with those who they feel have wronged them. I’d like to find an ending note of optimism but cannot. What did you learn in school today Dear little boy of mine? It's always right and never wrong. I learned that war is not so bad I learned about the great once we had had We fought in Germany and in France And some day I might get my chance. Peled-Elhanan tells the Guardian she found a prevailing racism that saturates Israel’s early education textbooks. Our leaders are the finest men. Death by pilotless drones remain largely outside America’s media orbit. Album: Ramblin' Boy . Here the 1 percent are really on a roll. And Tariq’s extended family, so recently hoping to be our allies for peace, has now been ripped apart by an American missile — most likely making any effort we make at reconciliation futile. I especially resonated with this blog. I learned that war is not so bad. That’s what the teacher said to me Chords and lyrics for Tom Paxton, Pete Seeger - What Did You Learn In School Today in a free, online, printable format. The 99 percent — the rest of us – are the ones who pay the price. Twitter messages from Gaza describe the sound of those pilotless, computer drones as they terrorize children and adults alike. The meeting had been organized so that Pashtun tribal elders who lived along the Pakistani-Afghan frontier could meet with Westerners for the first time to offer their perspectives on the shadowy drone war being waged by the Central Intelligence Agency in their region. I learned that everybody's free, And that's what the teacher said to me. That's what I learned in school. I learned that soldiers never die. I hope that the Palestinians will be granted membership in the part of the UN that administers justice. He also knows that he has inherited the leadership of a nation that, for the moment, at least, does not believe war is the answer to its problems. We’ve been hearing a lot lately about the 1 percent — the rich, the powerful, the ones who buy off our government, impose their wars, avoid paying their taxes, you know the ones. The compressed period of time in which Israel’s historical narrative was created, required outside help. Thanks to the tribal outreach that extended deep into the consciousness of the West, this late-stage post-Holocaust colonialism succeeded. Chas Freeman’s speech to the National Council on US-Arab Relations: “Israel (has) heretofore treated (the Palestinians and Lebanese) with contemptuous cruelty and disrespect.” My complicity as a diligent U.S. taxpayer is perhaps what hurts most…. dear little boy    Peled-Elhanan’s book finds this scenario playing out in Israel’s textbooks: People don’t really know what their children are reading in textbooks,” she told the Guardian. I wrote 1 poem. Her book, Palestine in Israeli School Books: Ideology and Propaganda in Education, will be published in the United Kingdom this month. Peled-Elhanan, a professor of language and education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has studied the content of Israeli school books for the past five years. Should we continue to throw out theory and facts, and set answers, or should we embark on a never-ending quest for new questions and insights? I suggest you use one of the questions as the first line, each of the colors more than once, the slant rhymes, and the aphorism with a word or two changed, as Sexton did in "a thousand doors ago. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. PLAY FULL SONG. The modern state of Israel has an extremely short history. At the meeting, Smith met a 16-year-old Pakistan boy named Tariq Aziz. You also brilliantly tied together the strategies of falsely alligning the ancient Hebrew legends, or Biblical references, with the tragic Holocaust to justify Israel’s usurpation of another people’s ancient homeland.  Iran, of course, as MJ Rosenberg explains in a recent Huffington Post piece. What did you learn in school today, Dear little boy of mine? (iv) the awful — and so successful! Fifty years after Pete Seeger sang Tom Paxton’s prophetic folk song, American culture retains sufficient belief in its own “manifest destiny” narrative to continue the expansion of worldwide American hegemony. Includes a transposer to put the song in a key you can sing/play. Songfacts®: This song is about the American school system, and how they are misinforming our children with an optimistic outlook on history that's just not true.  It is not an ending Americans, at their best, should tolerate. Pingback: Dennis Ross Resigns As Middle East Advisor, Pingback: Dennis Ross Resigns As Middle East Advisor | SHOAH. President Obama knows there is campaign money and media influence in that pairing. She connects Israel’s influence over US foreign policy with the OWS movement. Israel did what other new nations do; shape a narrative that rationalizes past conduct. What did you learn in school today, Dear little boy of mine? The story, which is not fiction, but true, was written by Cliff Stafford Smith, an American attorney who works for Reprieve, an organization that advocates for prisoners’ rights. America turns its lonely eyes to you, and all they see and hear, are superficial tales of stumbling leaders. ( Log Out /  The following comment came in from Bruce Tyler Wick, of Cleveland, Ohio. The picture of Nurit Peled-Elhanan is from Wikipedia. The tribal nation of Israel (“we are a Jewish state”) links to the 1% through a common need to wage war. What did you learn in school today, dear little boy of mine? As a new colony in a period when the colony concept had passed its shelf life, Israel had to create an even more distorted narrative than the American colonialists who had more than a century to sell their tale of manifest destiny. It reads like a short story a future Joe Heller or Norman Mailer might write after the inglorious War on Terror finally ends. But there’s another 99/1 percent divide: over U.S. policy toward Israel and the whole world. On a stage in Melbourne, he introduced a new song by a then 23-year old Tom Paxton. Smith concludes: The two of them had been dispatched, with Tariq driving, to pick up their aunt and bring her home to the village of Norak, when their short lives were ended by a Hellfire missile. And thats what I learned in school today, Thats what I learned in school What did you learn in school today, Dear little boy of mine? launching pad    In 1963, temporarily banned from American television for his “radical” views, Pete Seeger toured Australia. In all, 60 villagers made the journey. I learned that Washington never told a lie, And that’s what I learned in school today, People don’t really know what their children are reading in textbooks,” she told the, The meeting was organized as a traditional, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Dennis Ross Resigns As Middle East Advisor. AIPAC and the whole fabric of the Zionist Lobby have taken America by stealth and focused resoluteness to the point that U.S. foreign policy on any level, any sphere, cannot be formulated without the litmus test “How will this affect Israel?” And so Israel has no constraint, no accountability, locked in a frenetic criminal psychosis which no one is willing to identify, much less begin a path of treatment and rehabilitation…. I learned that Washington never told a lie. What did you learn in school today, dear little boy of mine? So far she had not found one. What Did The Children Learn in School Today? The lyrics began: What did you learn in school today, dear little boy of mine? Last Friday, I took part in an unusual meeting in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad. Unfortunately for the nascent state, it entered history after colonialism had become passé. It's one of many protest songs from Paxton. I learned that Washington never told a lie. What did you learn in school today Dear little boy of mine What did you learn in school today Dear little boy of mine. The two nations that routinesly use them, the US and Israel, are the two foremost war making nations in the world, who like terrorists I am ashamed to say, are killing innocent people, creating more enemies all the time. south africa    Years ago our Islamic/Christian dialogue group in Milwaukee made a project of examining the textbooks used in Milwaukee elementary schools in order to make people aware of and to end the bias against Islam, Muslims and Arabs expressed in some of those texts. Who are the people who enrol, and why do they do so? Tom Paxton records the song ‘What did you learn in school today’? unfettered inquiry    The story ends with an American drone attack. For stealing land, it was illegal, a distortion of  actual history and, for good measure, immoral. Who knows, the Occupy Wall Street marchers just might lead us to recall, and act upon, the words with which Abraham Lincoln closed his first Inaugural Address: The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature. ” (A full set of lyrics appears at the end of the paper). Top Songs By Eddie Skoller. She would like to find a Hebrew publisher. Such a story of death by drone appeared this week in the editorial section of the New York Times, under the headline, “For Our Allies, Death From Above”. We fought in Germany and in France. },    year = {}}, “What did you learn in school today, dear little boy of mine? I learnt nothing What did you do today? This year, a young songwriter and singer called Tom Paxton recorded a long play with 15 songs in Elektra Records. What an important job you’re doing, Jim! He asked me to post this reply for him, which I am happy to do. Further north, pilotless American drones continue to kill Pakistanis like 16-year-old Tariq Aziz along the Afghan border. Thank you for your well written explanation of the injustices going on in Gaza. What Did You Learn In School Today? Israel flies American-supplied drones on a routine basis, killing Gaza civilians, at times entire families. alright Mum, if you really want to know, I had 4 lessons and 45 minutes of playtime in which I went around with 3 friends. Alternative lyrics for "What did you learn in school today" March 17, 2017 6:40 PM I wrote some new lyrics for this still-relevant social commentary/protest song by Tom Paxton from the 60s, which was first recorded by Pete Seeger . ( Log Out /  Kevin Johnston, The College of Information Sciences and Technology. Eddie Skoller. Playback options [Chorus] G D7 What did you learn in school today, dear little boy of mine, G D7 G G7 What did you learn in school today, dear little boy of mine? [Verse 1] I learned that Washington never told a lie Sign-in or Try it free for 3 months. Phyllis Bennis, a Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, has been a writer, analyst, and activist on Middle East and UN issues for many years. We must stop using them, making them and selling them. Hence, the concluding words of the Second Inaugural’s Peroration, calling attention to what would be the cruel irony of “achieving” “peace among ourselves,” only to use that peace to wage war abroad. Playing via Spotify Playing via YouTube. satirist tom paxton    In her book, Nurit Peled-Elhanan describes images of Palestinians that Israel has included in its text books for children, They are called Arabs. Bennis writes that this is the time for President Obama to say No to Congress by exercising his powers of the executive branch and the defunding by Congress of UN agencies. (ii) the misfortune that “nation states” — most particularly those who amass disproportionate power — are driven to think of themselves as “exclusively” special (…”chosen,” in a well-known Biblical context) and able to dominate and dictate to others with the racism and inhumanity that inevitably attend. That's what I learned in school today. What did you learn today? CiteSeerX - Document Details (Isaac Councill, Lee Giles, Pradeep Teregowda): “What did you learn in school today, dear little boy of mine? ( Log Out /  (iii) the horror — so well expressed by Fred above — of drone technology and application from sterile, remote launching sites, with poor Tariq Aziz and all too many others on the receiving/killing end. What did you learn in school today, Dear little boy of mine? What did you learn in school today Dear little boy of mine? And that's what I learned in school today. Music Video. Is there any wonder that the US and Israel are isolated from the community of nations? Speaking up for the Palestinians year after year when there is so little progress in bringing about justice for them and peace in Israel/Palestine takes a special kind of courage, determination and hope. (Eddie Skoller and Tom Paxton). The video of Pete Seeger is from You Tube. The song What Did You Learn in School Today was written by Eddie Skoller and Tom Paxton and was first recorded and released by Eddie Skoller in 1977. Drones do not require “boots on the ground”. Album . (For more on Cliff Stafford Smith’s column on Tariq Aziz, read Glen Greenwald.). Terrribly sad that our nation has become an exporter of death, and that the President shows no desire to promote justice for the Palestinians. I was reminded of Pete Seeger singing Tom Paxton’s lyrics when I read an account in the Guardian, about a forthcoming book by Israeli scholar Nurit Peled-Elhanan. What would they say when asked “what did you learn in school today?” Who enrols and why? “I learned our government must be strong. Jim, Thank you for an amazing commentary. “Contemptuous cruelty and disrespect”: hardly a formula for teaching human rights and values to the children in school today, no? I’m praying for peace & justice for them. I learned that everybody’s free What Did You Learn in School Today? never-ending quest    You also illuminated the common thread between the military-industrial complex and AIPAC, as the “1%” , who are seeking “Winner takes all’ position, against the 99% who are simply seeking basic human rights, freedom, justice, and human dignity. I certainly agree Lincoln’s First Inaugural is too little attended to these days. We are not only acting immorally, we are acting like fools, inviting retaliation. The question asked by parents, and dreaded by every kid. Israeli and Zionist spokespersons obliquely refer to their “neighborhood”, with turned noses, as though their colonialist intrusion into the neighborhood automatically puts them at a higher pedestal. Israel became a state just as western nations were relinquishing control of their colonies to carefully-chosen, and subservient leaders. Next up on Israel’s agenda? You never see a Palestinian child or doctor or teacher or engineer or modern farmer.”. What did you learn in school today, Dear little boy of mine? I learned that Washington never told a lie I learned that soldiers seldom die I learned that everybody's free That's what the teacher said to me And that's what I learned in school today That's what I learned in school Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. 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