Haley Klein

Haley Klein

Maple Ridge student pens song about teachers strike

A Garibaldi secondary teen has written a song about the B.C. teachers' strike that has struck a chord online

  • Sep. 12, 2014 8:00 a.m.

A Garibaldi secondary teen has written a song about the B.C. teachers’ strike that has struck a chord online.

Haley Klein, 16, is on her way to Grade 11 once the stalemate between the BC Teachers’ Federation and the provincial government finally breaks.

The talented teen posted a video of her folksy song, in the tradition of Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” to her Facebook page. She introduces it with

“Alright so here’s my song for this whole teacher strike… Haha theres so much more I could have and wanted to say but its a song and I’m not good at writing books.”

The chorus of her tune, accompanied by her acoustic guitar, goes:

“I don’t want to live in a century that thinks we can learn off technology

Let’s fire all the teachers, give a kid a computer, and hope they turn out all right

Or let’s just load the classes up even more so we can barely close the door

Saving green.

Fulfilling greed,

To buy more thingsā€¦

We don’t need.”

The song has been share more than 2,000 times and had 1,328 likes since it was posted two days ago.

Klein’s drama teacher Cyndy Lacroix said the teen will be recording the song professionally at a studio in Vancouver on Tuesday, with the help of a few former Garibaldi grads.