Don't Count On Me

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 19:34 -- e_fialk


I often wonder why we feel the need

to number our world in order to succeed.

Our intelligence is measured on a 4.0 scale,

no chance of college if our SAT’s failed.

You have begun to ignore the importance of learning,

and have replaced it with number earning.

Gotta get that A, must pass that test,

or our hopes and dreams can be put to rest.

So teachers, please, I beg of you dearly,

listen to my plea, loud and clearly.

I am not a number, I am a person,

you must change this system or it will worsen.

Put down your grade books, give your rubrics a break,

forget for a moment that our future’s at stake.

We are here to learn, so share your knowledge.

It’s about advancing, not acceptance to college. 



This poem portrays my feelings towards the present day grading system. We are so competition-oriented that we forget the most important part of education, learning. We memorize information just to pass a test as opposed to truly learning and absorbing it. The world of academics seems to solely focus on testing and ranking to determine the intelligence of a person, which I do not find fair. 

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