"Pants On The Ground," The New Teacher Anthem
Sign me up! I’m ready to go on the road as an official doo-wop girl.
And I’m not the only one, either. We can thank American Idol for that.
Yep, high school teachers everywhere are singin' a new anthem — that “Pants on the Ground” song.
I know it’s stupid, but I love that song. In fact, I’m pretty certain high school teachers across the globe — who act as the first responders in dress code battles in our nation's public schools — love that song. Jeez Louise, we’ve been singing it for years — “Pants on the ground, pants on the ground, lookin’ like a fool with your pants on the ground…”
If you believe sagging is only a phenomenon in inner city schools, think again. I currently teach in a predominately white suburban school, and I promise you I have seen just as many boxers as I did when I taught in a high school with a predominantly minority student body. In fact, high school teachers see more underwear than most mothers.
Teachers aren't the only ones jumping on the "Pants" bandwagon. Vikings quarterback Brett Favre hopped on board during a post-game locker room celebration with his rendition of the song after the Vikings beat the Dallas Cowboys 34-3 in their playoff game.
Even late night host Jimmy Fallon did a hilariously rockin' impression of Neil Young singing the "Pants" song, and a search of YouTube brings up thousands of various versions and homegrown links.
Still, it's a bit unfortunate that it took a 63-year-old civil rights activist and a 40-year-old NFL quarterback to make it OK for the rest of us to say the obvious out loud.
At least now, thanks to Larry Platt and his little ditty, and Brett Favre and his locker chanting, every time a sagging kid goes by in the hallway at my school, I start yelling, “Pants on the ground, pants on the ground, lookin' like a fool with your pants on the ground…”
It's enough to startle the kiddos, so much so that they do pull their pants up — at least until they round the corner or duck into a classroom.
Now, if someone would just come up with a song for all those plunging necklines. It could go something like this…