You taught me to write in rhymed tercet
And terza rima, by reading Dante’s Inferno
A tale of a trail through Hell, quite dulcet.
But in the future, Dante’s story I will forego
In times, we forget, but I will remember instead
understanding what I read is important wherever I go.
I learned to speak and understand Spanish, usted
Puede usar esta habilidad todos los dias
I learned some of the language, but the culture will stay in my head.
To learn about Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Las Palmas
The people, the food, the ethnicities, the like
To appreciate all cultures, todos de nosotros, juntas.
I learned about history: the Alamo, and Ike
Talked about government, and the Holy Writ
But one does need to remember the stories of the third Reich.
Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it
George Santayana once said
And to repeat the atrocities of the past is a death bet.
I’ve heard many say that math won’t help them before they are dead
That x should grow up and solve its own complications
But solving x’s problems gives them the skills that can’t be read.
Problem-solving skills: not substitution, but determination
Working through tough times, not giving up in ire
It’s a skill seemingly unteachable – but one that is reachable.
On the surface, these facts don’t seem dire
But lessons in History, Literature, Language, and Math do return
Throughout life in all lives, even after you retire
Most of all I learned to learn
Another skill unteachable
I love – we love – to know and yearn
And it is that love to learn that education teaches.
(I'd think we are on a first name basis)