I was reminiscing this weekend to the sound of Bad Religion when I realized that it was bands like them along with the Dead Kennedys and others that taught me what it was like to (literally) yell against injustice and corruption and plea for a better way. As a teenager, punk rock provided me the impetus for not accepting the status quo, for pushing the envelope and for being fearless in the face of adversity and for going against the grain.
In addition to the music there were self-published ‘zines,’ many of which contained articles written by students my age. The articles ranged from reviews of new albums to articles about corruption and political policies. Of course, with the advent of the Internet, I’m sure many of these zines have fallen by the wayside. I see a lot of similarity between these zines and the community of progressive educator bloggers on the scene right now.
As an adult, I still find power in many of the songs that had a huge affect on me as a teenager. Perhaps that’s why I choose to label myself an edupunk…..
For your enjoyment, here are two Bad Religion songs that still seem poignant to my adult life 15 years after I first discovered them.
Against the Grain
Change of Ideas
well the sheaves have all been brought,
but the fields have washed away
and the palaces now stand
where the coffins all were laid
and the times we see ahead
we must glaze with rosy hues
for we don’t wish to admit
what it is we have to lose
millennia in coming
the modern age is here
it sanctifies the future
yet renders us with fear
so many theories, so many prophecies
what we do need is a change of ideas
when we are scared
we can hide in our reveries
but what we need is a change of ideas
change of ideas, change of ideas
what we need now is a change of ideas