All come in, all sit down.
Some sync-in, others clown around.
None of their minds quite truly receive
The insightful investment they need to succeed.
A place that’s become more like a holding pen
Or maybe even a lion’s den
Teeming with beasts of ignorance and distraction
That prohibit educational interaction.
A unique, intellectual, and prolific nation
Whose struggling system of education
Has subjected great minds to deprivation,
Leaving them hunting for knowledge with desperation.
One who is given the authority
To teach fundamental subjects with clarity
Though recently our schools have been lacking
In educators with solid backing.
Not to say that our nation is filled with students
Void of intellect and blind to the need to make instruction prudent,
But in need of teachers who are willing to provide
The spark that will launch our school systems back in stride.
Since when did the light of our aspirations grow dim?
Why does the future of so many youth look grim?
I’ve always seen the classroom as a place of illumination,
But poor teaching has made education a gloomy case, man.
There are many kids out there who truly desire to learn,
Because they understand that work is required to earn
Yourself way more than just a stack of funds,
Like a body-builder pushes himself to build his guns,
Or a businessman saves for the long run.
Education is an essential element
One can stretch for a lifetime’s worth of development.
Not suitable for the temporary things,
But solely for the championship rings.
The minds of today’s youth can build empires,
But not when their blown from their imaginative spires
By the care-free sighs of teachers whose poor instruction
Sentences unsupported brilliance to premature destruction.
Many of America’s schools are locked in routines that repetitiously
Break down quality education surreptitiously.
Too many students simply go to show,
And very few actually care to know
The information that will help them to grow
And propel them to new heights like arrows from a bow.
Such schools are sometimes filled with staff who fail to teach
Young men and women easily within their reach.
Some would much rather engage in immature disputes,
While others would “pass” students and give them the boot,
Allowing harmful ideologies to take root
In the malleable minds of illusioned youth.
In a society in which enough things are taken for granted,
We have to ask: “What have we planted?”
Is the buried object even a seed,
Or, rather, a deadly weed
That chokes the life out of would-be leaders and scholars
Who set standards for others by growing ever taller?
Countless families have sacrificed so much
To grant their sons and daughters the reach to touch
The hands of opportunity that will guide them
To places far from the realm where chances are slim.
I advise today’s teachers to consider
How your students perceive you as a figure
Who not only educates, but sets an example
For a generation of young individuals who sample
From the many different influences in life,
Which greatly impact how they handle strife.
I also encourage you to reconsider
Your desire to find success as a teacher.
There truly is no need to litter
The fertile ground that is the mind of a dreamer.