School Accused of Forcing Students to Perform Pro-Occupy Song

| by Michael Allen

The Kid Pan Alley group at Woodbrook Elementary School in Charlottesville, Virginia (pictured, left) is being accused of making students sing a pro-Occupy Wall Street movement song, 'Part of the 99.'

As part of the regular Kid Pan Alley activities, children are asked about the topics of songs they want to write and sing about.

In October, one of the children mentioned that he wanted to write about “having it all and losing it all,”Albemarle County schools spokesman Phil Giaramita told CBS News.

Students participating in Kid Pan Alley's program performed the song during an October concert at Woodbrook Elementary in Albemarle County.

There haven’t been any complaints from the parents of the children involved in the performance, but far right wing anti-labor blogs such as Big Government have criticized the song as being “Marxist rhetoric.”

Officials with Kid Pan Alley, a foundation that works with elementary school children through songwriting workshops, denies forcing the kids to sing any political songs.

“Kid Pan Alley does not promote nor condone any personal or political agenda. As a result, our programming over the years has consistently received high praise and commendation from children, parents and schools,” the statement said. “Our sole mission has been and continues to be to inspire and empower children to work together to become creators of their own music and to rekindle creativity as a core value in education.”