i read a book the other day about public schools in our nation
an indictment of our prevailing caste system
it seems so many things i've taken for granted others cant access at all
i ditched computer class while others had no books
i learned to hate my halls, there's holes in walls in schools right in my town
serving the rich, keeping the lower classes down
what do i mean by this statement?
it seems only too clear with your english class in a bathroom
how well do you think you'd fare?
i read of schools so overcrowded no room could be saved
not auditoriums, cafeterias or closet space.
a school's income is determined by property tax
and how much money can you get from poor mexican and black families trapped in slums
poor kids need the most attention but since they're untaxable they get none
and because the system sucks when the kids grow up
they'll have to send their kids back into the system that fucked them
it's a cycle that for years has not been broken
there's a name for this it's social reproduction
and we maintain this caste system by letting them enforce it
we're all flowers growing in a garbage can"
the teachers tell their kids but how can a flower grow when the sunlight's blocked by the lid?
disribute property tax more fairly at least that's a start
cuz little flowers can't grow in the darkness they need everything we've got.


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    General Commentdamn right the system sucks. basically ALL systems suck. while our government's spending their wad bombing small underprivileged nations back into the Stone Age, kids like me are stuck in shitty schools that do nothing... and end up working dead end jobs till they die. i'm gonna steal that phrase "it will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need and the air force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber."
    truble breathingon June 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGreat quote Truble Breathing!

    This song is full of great one liners.
    ICantUnderStandYouon December 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentNifty vocal interplay here, and (it goes without saying) great lyrics.

    What I really came here to say, though: That outro MUST be an intentional homage to Propagandhi's "Showdown (Greenest Eyes/Preamble)" youtube.com/…

    If not intentional, it was at least subconscious! We know that Dan, Brendan and Chris are confirmed fans of Propagandhi: I've seen a photo/video where Dan was wearing a Flag Burning shirt, and an interview with Brendan where he described himself and Chris rushing home from school to listen to How to Clean Everything.

    Rob probably likes Propagandhi too. He's too awesome a drummer to be lame enough to not like Propagandhi :P
    dv1989on February 12, 2011   Link

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