But two days shy of the first bell, Harrison County teachers were chuckling at and applauding a performance by
The subject matter: Common Core.
"If we wait long enough, maybe it will just go away," said one actor mimicking a hypothetical teacher.
Four actors accompanied by a piano used musical and improv skits to poke fun at Common Core's quirks, from an enthusiastic support of technology to lofty learning goals couched in
The bit that drew the most laughs was the song "We Test Everything."
"That song hits close to home," said one of the teachers on stage who volunteered to be in the skit.
For teachers facing a major overhaul to the way they do things, the humor was a "needed relief," said Bel-Aire principal
"I think it's such a tremendous time of change that it touched a nerve with most of us," said
She said all the teachers started professional training Monday, so the stress of the new standards is fresh on their minds.
"I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling overwhelmed," Burton said, and the principal agreed.
"We're all in the same boat," Blenden said. "We're all changing and we're all afraid of it."
She brought Wavelength to the school because she liked the performances the troupe did along the Coast after Hurricane Katrina.
The company performed in the brand-new
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