Today’s the last day of school here. I can’t help remember our last day of school chant from when I was a kid…
No more pencils
No more books
No more teacher’s
Kick the tables
Kick the chairs
Kick the teachers
Down the stairs!
Every kid in my generation sang this on the last day of school every year. We may have felt a tinge of guilt on singing the last two lines. But, in reality, it was just a chant of glee about the school year ending and the start of summer. There were no ill-intents except for that we were sooooooo happy school was out and we wouldn’t mind not seeing any teachers for a couple of months.
I don’t know how many people chant it nowadays. My daughter didn’t know it when I chanted it this morning to her. And when I got to the last 2 lines, she asked, “Why would you say that?” So the generations have changed… which I suppose is not bad after all.
My daughter also told me that at her school on the last day, the teachers all go outside and wave to the buses of kids while they’re departing. Now that’s a nice custom!
Perhaps there’s more overall civility in schools nowadays.
PS Feel free to let us know in the comments below if you or your kids still sing this chant. You’re also welcome to share other end of school year chants (in any language – though we appreciate translations!).
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