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More Than a Number - A Song for Children

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Published on Jul 5, 2012

The minds and spirits of children will always rise above numbers. May we remember this truth and use it to guide our educational policies and daily decisions.

Thank you to the children and families who shared their beautiful photographs with us.

Please share this song along as you wish!

- Barry & Amy


MORE THAN A NUMBER - © 2012
Music by Barry Lane
Lyrics by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
Performed by Barry Lane
Cover Art by Georgia VanDerwater

I am quiet in the classroom.
I don't always raise my hand.
I don't always answer questions.
I don't always understand.
But I always have ideas
when I stare up at the sky.
My sister likes to tease me
for always asking, "Why?"

I am more than a number.
I am more than a grade.
I know the constellations.
Here's a painting that I made.
I read books in my closet.
I will not be a '2'.
I am more than a number.
I'm a person just like you.

I speak one language here
and another in my home.
I daydream in both languages
whenever I'm alone.
I'm good at climbing trees.
Mom's teaching me to sew.
I am full of secrets
a test can never know.

I am more than a number.
Watch me fold this plane.
I snuggle with my beagle.
There's music in my brain.
Someday I'll go to Egypt.
I will never be a '2'.
I am more than a number.
I'm a person just like you.

If you think I can be measured
by numbers on a screen...
...if my whole school becomes a test
where will I learn to dream?
I love to do hard problems.
I write stories, and I laugh.
My gifts are so much greater
than the data on your graph.

I'm more than a number.
I invent things when I play.
I collect shells and fossils.
Please hear me when I say
I will not be a '1'--
a '2', a '3', or a '4'.
I am me. I'm a mystery.
I'm a child -- not a score.

Find Barry at www.discoverwriting.com
Find Amy at www.poemfarm.amylv.com

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