You stand at the board and you sit at your desk
You only care about deadlines and scores on my test
You mark up my papers, you stay after class
You couldn't care less if I actually pass
You're stuck in a system, you're walking on ice
When your boss takes a look you act extra nice
You're following rules and standards and scores
You run through the drill, you lock all the doors
You cut and you glue and you waste district ink
You give less than a minute for our minds to think
Move on with the lesson, let's get through the hour
Is it really so wrong to give the students more power?
You ask if there are questions in front of us all
But I'm really too nervous to be picked on or called
Take a little more time and get up from that chair
Ask me some questions, find out if I care
Learn how I tick and what makes me grow
Try learning 'bout kids that you think that you know
You stand at a board and you sit at that desk
Do you really care if I'm doing my best?
And when you ask if there's questions, make it sincere
Cuz there's students like me who have lots you should hear.