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Another Brick in the Wall
performed by Pink Floyd
from the album The Wall (Purchase from
about the cynicism caused by education, reflecting on education:

"We don't need no education
We don't need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave the kids alone"
Flowers Are Red
performed by Harry Chapin
from the album Gold Medal Collection, Legends of the Lost and Found (Purchase from
about early school experience marred by a rigid teacher:
"The little boy said,
There are so many colors in the rainbow,
so many colors in the setting sun
There are so many colors in the rainbow,
and I see every one."
The Logical Song
performed by Supertramp
from the album Breakfast in America (Purchase from
about negative effects of an educational system, resulting in a struggle with cynicism and self-identity:
"There are times when all the world's asleep,
The questions run too deep for such a simple man
Won't you please, please tell me what we've learned
I know it sounds absurd, but please tell me who I am"
performed by Supertramp
from the album Crime of the Century (Purchase from
about struggling against the education system to retain one's identity and worldview:
"They tell you not to hang around
And learn what life's about
And grow up just like them,
Won't let you work it out
And you're full of doubt"
Take the Power Back
performed by Rage Against the Machine
from the album Rage Against the Machine (Purchase from
about reforming education, including the Eurocentric curriculum:
"See right through the red, white and blue disguise
With lecture, I puncture the structure of lies
Installed in our minds and attepting
To hold us back"
Teach Your Children
performed by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
from the album So far (Purchase from
"Teach your children well,
their father's hell is just a goodbye,
and feed them on your dreams
the one they pick the one they live by,
and don't you ever ask them why if they told you you would die
so just look at them and sigh, and know they love you."
They Schools
performed by Dead Prez
from the album Let's Get Free (Purchase from
about African and African American critique of the U.S. education system:
"School is like a twelve step brainwash camp.
They make you think if you drop out
you aint got a chance to advance in life
and try to make you pull your pants up
Students fight the teachers and you took away your handcuffs.
And if that wasn't enough, then they expel y'all.
Your people's understanding, but to them you a failure."

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