Everyone’s a rebel,
we all want to change the system.
We all shout until our throats are sore
but the government won’t listen.
School funding is paid by
the local property taxes.
So the rich neighborhoods get good schools
and the poor hoods, crowded classes.
I know it’s not your fault.
You’re not the one who wrote the rules.
But the US is the seventeenth
behind other countries better schools.
You began full of hope
about the lives that you would change.
Now you’ve become so disillusioned
due to the very low pay range.
Teachers don’t get respect,
from students or society.
And when a child gets a bad grade,
you’re treated like the enemy.
Students are also hurt;
warehoused in rooms, like prison halls
with busywork to keep us busy,
we don’t learn much at all.
Highschool diplomas are
no longer useful anymore.
Blame it on the standardized testing,
No Child Left Behind and Common Core.
College is too expensive,
Forcing everyone into debt
for everyone must go to college,
because jobs are harder to get.
went to cheap labor overseas.
Now college is a necessity
so schools cost as much as they please.
And it’s you who has to
deal with this every single day;
with all the education problems,
and yet you do it anyway.
People want to blame you
for all their many frustrations
but I want to thank you good teachers
your bravery’s an inspiration.
It’s the United States,
so things will never change except
for so slowly that we have the same
problems that for years we have kept.
And most of it’s because
education or lack thereof
keeping those born low always low
and those born up high always up.
“So let’s give a cheer for
inequality!” Shit I can’t say
to my teachers or to anyone.
But it’s the American way.