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Dear Mr. President


Dear Mr. President

Your intention is not
Fine
Your motivation is not
Mine
You are the topic of this
Rhyme
You committed the perfect
Crime.

Your guise is
Reform
Now true intelligence is
Stillborn
Futures depend on how well they
Perform
On a test that makes all
Conform.

You ask us not to
Hate
Tests that test how well they
Regurgitate
Information that
Subjugates
Children to your will and
Fate.

Our country is being
Swindled
Education cannot be
Whittled
And it shall not be
Belittled
By tests that don't measure
Spittle.

Our freedom is
Denied
By your government so
Inclined
To place knowledge in our
Mind
We cannot afford to be so
Blind.

Our future is
At risk
You mandate
Ignorance and bliss
The NEA are terrorists?
And you wonder why we're all
Pissed.

I call for
Revolution
There has to be a
Solution
For this
Dilution
Of our mental
Evolution.

The weapons of
Mass destruction
Can be found in
Prescribed instruction
Why have you not prompted
The destruction
Of this tyrannical
Corruption?

We will not lie down
And die
We will fight
This wicked lie
If we waste any more
Time
We shall all be
Resigned
To your system purely
Designed
To obliterate
Young minds.

We did not become teachers
To be puppets or
Mere preachers
And our kids cannot
Afford
To be governed by
A War-Lord.

What were you thinking?
Surely you must have been drinking
When you thought an entire nation
Would deem this a sensation.

We have yet to see proof
Or statistics
That supports your Act
Or deadly ballistics.
So please let us teach
Our children need to reach
Not for a pencil and
Bubble sheet
But for enlightenment and
Truth replete.

— Karen Christopfel, high school teacher


2004-07-30


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