The Work of the Teachers (lyrics)

(words by Mark Zucker, to the tune “The Work of the Weavers”)

Now teaching is a trade

That never should be lost

Unless you’re unafraid of ignorance’s cost

The future’s being made

The past is being tossed

To learn from our mistakes we need the teachers

If it wasn’t for the teachers

What would you do

You wouldn’t attain the reasoning to drive at what is true

You wouldn’t gain perspective on another point of view

If it wasn’t for the work of the teachers

There’s folks that serve the rich

And there’s folks that serve the poor

And folks that serve themselves and never see who’s at the door

But betwixt those in the ditch

And the ones with wealth galore

The folks who tried to help them were the teachers

If it wasn’t for the teachers

What would you do

You wouldn’t attain the reasoning to drive at what is true

You wouldn’t gain perspective on another point of view

If it wasn’t for the work of the teachers

Businessmen they mock us

And count us out as fools

And plus they see the profit they could make out of our schools

But they’ve no right to knock us

Though they make all the rules

They cannot make a dime without the teachers

If it wasn’t for the teachers

What would you do

You wouldn’t attain the reasoning to drive at what is true

You wouldn’t gain perspective on another point of view

If it wasn’t for the work of the teachers

Some folks claim such autonomy

They say our time has passed

They glance at the inequity, blame us, and act aghast

But look at the economy

Whose crimes are far more vast

And they would be so much worse without the teachers

If it wasn’t for the teachers

What would you do

You wouldn’t attain the reasoning to drive at what is true

You wouldn’t gain perspective on another point of view

If it wasn’t for the work of the teachers

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