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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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Julia de Peyster's picture
Julia de Peyster
Parent of 3 elementary school boys

There once were some teachers who sighed
When asked to leave no child behind
They taught to the test
The kids failed like the rest
So when teaching please keep this in mind

dora ann matthews whorley's picture

There once was a teacher who won
Exceptional learners by making it fun
They read under trees,
And measured the breeze,
And discovered that poems are better than guns.

Jeff Schultheis's picture

There once was a parent who cared
Who teamed with a teacher who dared
They facilitated child lead projects
with creativity as the object
Every week looked like a science fair

Jeff Schultheis's picture

There once was a parent who cared
Who teamed with a teacher who dared
They facilitated child lead projects
with discovery as an object
Each week was like a science fair

Ms O's picture

To inspire is our greatest desire
For our kids to achieve ever higher
If this goal we will reach
Let our best teachers teach
In the way that each one does aspire

Peter Avirom's picture

There once was a teacher with a desire so burning,
to give his students the best of their learning,
He encouraged them to find their voice,
and always plenty of choice,
And now the tide is turning!

James Fiddler's picture
James Fiddler
4th Grade Teacher from Oklahoma

While imperfect, I believe NCLB had many good points. Unfortunately, the administration left open that glaring loophole that allowed ineffective administrators and even more ineffective teachers to start teaching to the test. Certainly there is room for improvement, but as teachers and administrators, we are on the front lines. Thus, the fault for teaching to the test is ours. We need to improve so that we can learn how to teach to the standards-and teach for mastery-so that the test will be met as a result. Of course, now Obama wants to put in place a truly punitive system that, instead of taking away the additional funding that schools choose to accept for NCLB-results in the principal and half of the teachers being fired.

Sudi Stodola's picture
Sudi Stodola
Librarian from Denver Public Schools

There's a reason our children can't read
A full time librarian is what we all need
Too many are gone
Due to budgets redrawn
But these teachers help students suceed.

Carissa Christensen's picture
Carissa Christensen
Elementary Teacher

There once was a beacon of light
Educating children and fighting for what's right
Without funding, teachers, or parents who care
Even new technology can't even compare
But we'll never give up and together we'll fight

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