21st Century Teacher


Fighting on the front lines
(with red pens)
for creativity
for independent thought
for common sense
not Common Core

This is a battle
in a bureaucratic war
that we’re losing

Keep pushing and shoving
Against a brick wall

Children look down at us and
They ask,
“Is this on the test?”
And say,
“Get the fuck out of my face”

But why is “mistake” a forbidden word?

We are to shape
sheep
robots
Clones

That are programmed by parent(s) to resist

Beings who regurgitate and don’t create
Kids who recall, recite, and retaliate

School is no longer a safe haven
Testing, testing, 1-2-3
and then on and on

Following the curriculum map to
X marks the standardized test

The conflict is that
if we can’t perfectly mold the
(bland) toy soldiers

we fail.

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The struggles of modern-day education from an English teacher’s perspective.