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Jotter - Anthem of disaffection

Last week, Morris Simpson's column concluded with the opening verses of a Curriculum for Excellence song. Reader response has requested the full version, which we print today.

Please note, The TESS does not endorse these lyrics: they were composed by teacher Davie McManus, whose antagonistic approach towards CfE is shown by the song's title, "C.F.F.E", where the third acronymic letter purports to be a tangible demonstration of McManus's disaffection. We swear it! The tune belongs to the Village People anthem of 1979, "Y.M.C.A". So get down and boogie, as they used to say .

Young man! There's no need to feel down

I said, young man! Pick yourself off the ground

I said, young man! We've got great things to do

There's a bright - new - thing for teachers .

Young man! Kids will learn for themselves

I said, young man! Put those books on the shelves -

They don't need them! And I'm sure you will find

That the kids will - just - have - good - times .

It's fun to work with the C-F-F-E

It's fun to work with the C-F-F-E

It has everything for the kids to enjoy

`Cos they can do whatever they feel!

It's fun to work with the C-F-F-E .

It's fun to work with the C-F-F-E .

It's been comin' now, for nearly 10 years

An' full implementation will allay all your fears!

Young man! Are you listenin' to me?

I said, young man! What do you want to be?

I said, young man! This could make your career

If you let - your - kids - take - charge - of - lessons .

No man does it all by himself

But there's help there - take it down from the shelf

Go see Bernard - down at L and T S

And you'll - get - a - great - big - folder .

It's fun to work with the C-F-F-E .

It's fun to work with the C-F-F-E .

It's got Experiences - and Outcomes too

And four great levels - all for you!

It's fun to work with the C-F-F-E .

It's fun to work with the C-F-F-E .

An' if you want to check how well your kids have done

There's no need to assess, just ask if they've had fun!

Young man! Just get signed up today!

I say, young man! There can be no delay

Unless - oh no! A new plan of attack

If Mike Russell - says he's putting it back!

`Cos then we'd have to wait for the C-F-F-E .

Wait to have fun with the C-F-F-E

It's anything you want it to be

A total vacuum - quite exemplary .

Yes, then we'd have to wait for the C-F-F-E .

Wait to have fun with the C-F-F-E .

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