Joseph D. Smith

Rookie (May 12th,1988 / Glasgow, KY, USA)

Dumbed Down High School - Poem by Joseph D. Smith

There was once a high school accused of being dumbed down,
Two sides existed on how to run the school.

On one side there was this snob,
On the other there was this parent,
But both wanted each other out of the job.

The parent wanted the school to remain the same,
While the snob wanted the school to gain
some intellectual standards.

The parent argued: 'We want to teach kids, not insult them! '
A valid argument, for school is for teaching,
If the standard was too high, they would be preaching!

The snob argued: 'Well, what is it to be teaching? '
Another valid argument, for what are we teaching?
If the standard was too low, they would be babying!

They argued and they fought,
They fought and they argued!

Nothing was right,
All was out of sight...

The school eventually closed... Nobody won... The end.

Poet's Notes about The Poem

I hated school with a passion, and even though I am now 25 years old, I believe that public education is a total failure, especially since our laws are standardized where all kids are expected to follow the same rules, even though every student is an individual, an individual who has their own unique challenges that a fix-all solution will not fulfill their needs! I graduated in 2006, yet I wrote this in 2010.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Poem Edited: Wednesday, September 4, 2013

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