Treasure Island

Samanyan Lakshminarayanan


THE KEYS


[KEY.. a set of words contained in an answer...the mode of correcting the answer papers in a few state board examinations is by using these keys]

The examiner's work
made simple
the students intelligence
made humble

The answer to a question
made simple
the answer's relevance
made humble

The answer just need to have the 'keys'
so simple
the answer need not make any sense at all
so terrible

The examiner just has to look for the 'keys' in the answer
so simple
the examiner need not even know the basics of the subject
he is correcting.........so terrible

Submitted: Saturday, April 11, 2009
Edited: Sunday, October 18, 2009

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  • Kesav Easwaran (4/18/2009 9:49:00 PM)

    the thief took away the jewal box...the simpleton old man said oh! what if he took away the box? the keys are still with me...keys matter most...unimportantly though...'a keynote' poem...gets 10 (Report) Reply

  • Ken E Hall (4/16/2009 12:10:00 AM)

    good satire of which I know little of Tests but keys seems a funny way to judge a score,
    good point regards (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (4/15/2009 4:09:00 AM)

    tha examiner need not even know the basics of the subject
    he is correcting.........so terrible....That's the justified trend of today's curirculam..
    open truth (Report) Reply

  • Barry A. Lanier (4/15/2009 1:53:00 AM)

    an illustration of technology distancing the teacher from the student, , , eventually all contact will dissipate...and only the words have motion and emotion, , , , maybe poetry can serve a better purpose..... (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Fowler (4/13/2009 3:31:00 PM)

    Excellent satire. Injustice is not very intelligent it would seem.

    Kind regards,

    Sandra (Report) Reply

  • Dr Hitesh Sheth (4/13/2009 11:57:00 AM)

    ha examiner need not even know the basics of the subject
    he is correcting.........so terrible...........lines reflects the sad reality........Good Write.. (Report) Reply

  • Rajaram Ramachandran (4/12/2009 10:48:00 PM)

    In this fast life of the present generation, calculators and keys pay a significant role. For the previous generation, this kind of facilities were not there either for the students or for the teachers. (Report) Reply

  • Rajkumar Mukherjee (4/11/2009 11:19:00 AM)

    Dear Lakshminarayan,
    You have definitely expressed an unique problem in our education system though in a satirical way.I wish it draws the attention of some one in the authority.The simple words expressing so much deserves A 10(NO KEY FOR THAT)
    Rajkumar (Report) Reply

  • Vaibhav Pandey (4/11/2009 6:12:00 AM)

    sam, fantastic work....you have brilliantly displayed the shortcoming of our examination sytem (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Martyres (4/11/2009 5:14:00 AM)

    Very well said Samanyan....Education is becoming a farce...with the keys in hand..one can crack any paper..10+ (Report) Reply

  • Brett Ackerman (4/11/2009 1:56:00 AM)

    Aptitude testing is getting to the point where college-entry testing just a matter of a students ability to make tuition payments. Serious writing skills have become a thing of the past. (Report) Reply

  • Tsira Goge (4/11/2009 1:38:00 AM)

    he is correcting.........so terrible..
    .................................................
    It is simple true for poets, and - very painful moment, ,10..
    Tsira (Report) Reply

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