At QuaverEd, we regularly reevaluate our resources with best practices for teaching and nurturing children in mind, to ensure our curriculum library meets our standards of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Our evaluative process included examining our canon under the umbrellas of racist, adult, or culturally insensitive themes. Songs that were determined to have been created to demean a group of people will be removed from our resources, through a process of annual review, and replaced, when appropriate, with a piece that will help teachers meet the same musical objectives.
Below, we present a list of songs that have been removed from our resources along with titles currently located in the Quaver library that can be used to address the same concepts. In future releases, you will see newly composed songs in place of these pieces that aim to offer your students a joyful learning experience with your guidance.
|Song||Concept||Suggested Substitution||Date Removed|
|Buffalo Gals||AB Form||Hunting Song|
The Happy Farmer
|Canoe Song||Low E and D on instruments||Old MacDonald|
|Chicken on a Fencepost||Sixteenth notes||Look at All the Hens|
|Dinah||Sixteenth notes||Old Brass Wagon|
Paw Paw Patch
|Jim Along Josie||Choreography|
|John Kanaka||Sixteenth notes||Old Brass Wagon|
Paw Paw Patch
|Old Dan Tucker||Low so|
|Old Brass Wagon|
Turn the Glasses Over
|Shortnin’ Bread||L, dr toneset|
Call and response
|Boots of Shining Leather |
Charlie Over the Ocean
|Turkey in the Straw||Dance song||Simple Square Dance 1, 2, and 3||July 2020|
|Oh, Susannah||End of the year song for 2nd grade||America (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee)||July 2020|
We understand that self-evaluation is an ongoing process. We are dedicated to pursuing a continued path of growth as we work to help educators enrich the lives of their students.