“What is the best High school in which you taught, Alan?”
“Easy question. The best school is the school in which I are teaching when some wise guy asked that question. It’s up to you to every teacher to make it so.
“Well, which high school?” “I taught at Parkalde for 31 years and at Forest Hill for 1 year. They were both the best” “Proof?”
“By pure chance I came across a series of pictures I took around 1984 at Parkdale Collegiate. Outlandish pictures. Perhaps even offensive to some people. We…staff and students, equally…decided to launch a rock and roll…hard rock…assembly at the centre of which was the Twisted Sister and the Police.
PLANNING A HIGH SCHOOL ROCK AND ROLL ASSEMBLY
ANNUAL MEETING OF SOME TEACHERS AND SOME STUDENTS.
“Let’s let our hair down and make the assembly hall pulse with rock and roll.”
“Good idea, but let’s make sure we simulate the kind of rock and roll popular right now.”
“Like Twisted Sister….like Sting…like The Police”
“Give the teachers a chance…how about Elvis and Roy Orbison.” “Fine…let’s get things rolling.
I’LL BE WATCHING YOU.
(The year was 1983 or 1984. The setting was Parkdale Collegiate Institute. The players were staff and students. The reason? Does everything have to have a reason? )
“The rock band Police just came out with a great song written by Sting, sir…’EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE…I’LL BE WATCHING YOU’…that’s a good title song for our assembly.”
“How come?” “Student view of teachers, sir, like cops….watching every move we make.”
“Great Idea….this will be our title…”
I’ll be watching you”
“Sounds a bit boring, sir, ”
“You know…teachers as police officers.”
“Ahh…but we won’t be teachers…we will be members of your rock bands.”
“Twisted Sister comes to mind…and Sting ….and the Police. Anything that fits the music.”
“Of course…pop music…this is going to be fun…meant to be fun.”
Every breath you take
And every move you make
Every bond you break
Every step you take
I’ll be watching you
Every single day
And every word you say
Every game you play
Every night you stay
I’ll be watching you
Oh, can’t you see you belong to me?
How my poor heart aches
With every step you take?
Every move you make
And every vow you break
Every smile you fake
Every claim you stake
This is the lead singer for Twisted Sister. A lot of people thought he wore a wig. He didn’t.