While in the car Friday I stumbled upon Glenn Beck on the radio. A little girl was singing a song she learned at school. Six year old Kyla is a first grader in a Memphis school. She launched into “Litterbug” with all the confidence of someone who has had it pounded into her head so many times that she wasn’t afraid of missing a lyric. And that was scary.
“Litterbug” was performed for Earth Day by the children of the unnamed school. It urged: “Throw out your trash before you g0-go/ You know you don’t want to hurt the ozone” and similar ideas. It was not the song she was supposed to perform. That one, “Earth Day Rap” was what first alarmed her mother who contacted Glenn Beck about it.”Litterbug” was just another in the school repertoire.
Mom Rachel explained how Kyla came home from school one day talking about the “Earth Day Rap” song. When mom heard the lyrics she couldn’t believe it and promptly went to the school principal. “It’s a cute song,” the principal said, “it doesn’t mean what you think it does.”
Rachel disagreed. “Recycle, bicycle, don’t drive by yourself/ don’t buy those plastic products on the supermarket shelf” and “boycott, petition, let the big business know/That if we mess it up here, there’s nowhere else we can go.”
What 6 year old would understand boycott, Rachel rightly asked? The point was to lock them into ideas before examining them. “If I don’t stand up and do something and try to change it, they’re going to still keep doing that to other kids,” she said. Rachel has since gone to Nashville to talk to legislators there.
Beck says he wants to start a nationwide movement, including Rachel, to highlight and stop such indoctrination in the schools. No one should be surprised at this if you recall the pro Obama songs promulgated before his election. He’s right. It must stop.