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Poetry Contest: Write a Limerick on How We Can Improve Education

Poetry Contest: Write a Limerick on How We Can Improve Education

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April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate the month, we're having a fun poetry contest.

Here's how it works:

:: Post your limerick on how to best improve education below :: Invite others to vote on your limerick. To vote, simply click on the thumbs up icon in the top right-hand corner of the post. :: At the end of the month, the top five limericks with the most "thumbs ups" will have their limerick promoted on edutopia.org's homepage and in our enewsletter! Plus, you'll get a fabulous bag of art/poetry-inspired goodies!

Let the Limericks begin! Deadline is April 30 at midnight PDT.

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Carissa Christensen's picture
Carissa Christensen
Elementary Teacher

There once was a beacon of light
A thriving education and fighting for what's right
But lack of funding, teacher cuts, and parents who don't care
Make our jobs very difficult and it often feels unfair
But we will never give up and we will win this fight

Mary Crabtree's picture

We should laugh together, listen more
Offer new experiences, galore
Watch the world as it goes by
Question...don't fear asking why
And desks....we could sit on the floor!

Mary Crabtree's picture

If students were in charge of the school
Teachers would need a certain degree of cool
Learning would always be fun
While objectives were getting done
If the students were in charge of the school

Mary Crabtree's picture

The teacher was never fooled
She taught history, yeah that was cool
In learning the students were vested
She made sure they weren't over tested
And no one even "thunk" it was school

Diane Aoki's picture

The problem with education today
is that educators don't have much of a say
We know what is best
It isn't a test
It's support to teach in a meaningful way.

Lois Kilby-Chesley's picture
Lois Kilby-Chesley
Multiage teacher gr 3-5 in Freeport, ME. Vice President of Maine Ed. Assn.

All teachers are way under paid.
Its a wonder that any have stayed.
We are at our wits end.
We have nothing to spend,
But our love for our students won't fade.

Charter schools are all of the fad.
They take all the resources we had.
The business gets rich,
And continues to pitch
Public schools are somehow something bad.

The kids are the reason we stay
Though now testing replaces their play.
We teach, work and test
As we push for their best,
While the "supes" suggest merit pay.

Now school is a Race to the Top.
The pressure is ready to pop.
When will kids really learn?
Let's give them their turn.
Tell Obama and Duncan to stop.

Patrick George's picture

Texas schools have a torture called TAKS,
putting our kids on the racks.
The teachers are all stressed,
and no one's impressed.
So let's finally give TAKS the ax.

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