Sure. My humble submission follows.
To be read in the slam poetry style of Marshall Davis Jones’s Touchscreen.
Not enough copies
Not enough books
Teachers spending their own thin dime
It’s a crime.
Not enough time
Not enough technology
There is simply not enough me…
to go around
to these 42 students in this one class
Because class size limits…are gone.
Education is a pawn
in their reelection game.
But the more they talk of change,
the more things stay the same.
Instead of the blame, they should find the funding instead.
But their friends get deep tax cuts so it puts our schools in the red.
They vilify those that they should empower.
But those making the choices refuse to hear the experienced voices.
This student’s a “two”, this one’s a “four”
No. A child something more
than a score.
integrity, creativity, ingenuity, responsibility,
curiosity, humility, reliability, empathy…
These are not on their test
So teaching them is not part of my “effectiveness index”.
They tell us to individualize our instruction
But they standardize the tests.
It’s impossible. It’s a mess.
But NC kids are the state’s future…so as we wait for November we’ll keep trying our best.
2 thoughts on “Vol.#71: #TeachingInNC, A Snapshot”
Bravo! so well said and love the poetry format!
I just keep saying: “This too shall pass.”
I also keep thinking of Marvin Gaye’s song lyrics: “Mercy, mercy, me.”
In the meantime I: “Keep Calm and Teach On”