Failing report card~

The future is in jeopardy!


Whack goes the ruler!

Punish into passing

More tests!

Harder, Harder!

Evaluation: another

nail in the coffin.

When will stupid teachers

learn to do their jobs?

Listen to the statisticians!

Listen to the politicians!

They know all about education.

After all, they were created

in the system

they want





Just a little explanation for my poem.  On the news last night, Iowa was given their grade for education.  The experts placed the blame for poor achievement on teachers, siting that most teachers only ranked in the bottom third of their classes.

Linking this to Real Toads where the Wednesday challenge is to write a futuristic poem.

10 thoughts on “Failing!

  1. I’m not sure how many politicians were educated in the “public” school system but with the “ingenious” (please here the sarcasm) “No Child Left Behind” regulations, most teacher’s hands are tied. I think the politicians need to look into the mirror!

    Great take on “future” … what will it be like if things don’t change?!

  2. Interesting choice of topic here and I think you got the jist of the prompt well. The system spits out what it spits out, but I like to think individuals can always rise above it.

  3. I agree with Kerry and as a former teacher with more than 12 years of experience, I must say the teacher’s always blamed for everything and that’s just not the case. It’s sad, but true.

  4. You did a great job of including the sound devices in this piece, and the final dwindling lines are most telling.
    On a side note, I think people forget that teaching is not a career choice, it’s a vocation, one of the most onerous of duties, which should never be taken lightly, I feel for the teachers in question, somewhat. It’s very easy to criticize when one has not walked a step in their shoes. Thank you for this very topical subject.

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