A Song That Every Teacher Should Hear

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His life was cut short at the young age of 38, but Harry Chapin still managed to make a difference.

Harry was well known not only for his musical success, but also for his work as a humanitarian. He was particularly devoted to the cause of World Hunger.

Harry wrote and performed what are known as story songs, stories that often painted everyday people in a sentimental light.

One song that did not fit this mold was “Flowers Are Red”. In this song, Chapin takes a teacher to task for stifling the creativity of one of her students. It’s a catchy tune with an important message.

I think the clip below from the Tonight Show (with guest host John Davidson), along with Ken Robinson’s TED talk, should be required viewing for everyone thinking about being a teacher, or a parent for that matter.

Like Harry, such people have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. Could you ask for anything more rewarding than that?

If you’d like to read more about Harry, click here.

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Jim Borden

Accounting Prof. at Villanova; happily married for 30+ years; father of 3 outstanding young men; vegan; interests: fitness, creativity, education, blogging, social media.

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