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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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John Roberts's picture

To improve the big world of our learnin'
T'ward accountability we should be turnin'
But the trend is to blame
Only teachers, oh shame!
Tis the wrong way to go, that's fer sure-nin.

Robin Harvey's picture

N.C.L.B was a known joke
"The Feds' fixed schools that are broke"
Teachers were smart
keeping Music and Art
Subjects taught thoughts that provoke

Soon the legislation will think,
As they put paper to ink,
While standards are high
Students' reach for the sky,
Without the right funding they'll sink.

A teacher in front of a class
Can work to make sure they all pass
With a class size that is right
Students will know they have might
Without the bad feeling of "last"

Parents must too be involved
To show each problem can be solved
Without all their help
A person can yelp -
"This system will never evolve!"

"High Stake testing can shows students knowledge
It is the way to get ready for college!"
Not all students test well
But to make them excel
Students personal growth should be acknowledged!

This poem is too long I know,
But this problem is incredibly slow
A quick fix, it's not
Of talking we do need a lot
For all our future children to grow.

EasyReader's picture
EasyReader
Middle school teacher with emphases in Literature, Math, and Science

In order to fix education
In all of the schools of our nation,
Instead of complaining,
Work toward attaining
Your best in the teaching vocation.

Some seem to spend much time preparing,
For battle... for war... they're declaring
'Gainst parents and pupils,
They've lost all their scruples,
And wander through school just despairing.

Yet others, it's true, are inventing
Ideas that continue fermenting
Reach out to each student
Do all that is prudent
Not spending much time on lamenting

Learning is not teacher dependent.
For it to be truly transcendent,
Between those all involved
Problems must be resolved
Results will be likely resplendent.

Denounce not the author a prater,
I believe our schools can be greater.
Though limericks are nice,
Here's my bit of advice:
Start with YOU... the rest will come later.

Teri Schlesinger's picture
Teri Schlesinger
Parent and substitute teacher

Curricular standardization
For teachers and kids in this nation
Holds everyone back
Because it does lack
Teachers' views and own observations

Laura Sire's picture
Laura Sire
First grade teacher

There will come a time
When education will shine
When students are free
To show Creativity.
Learning will be the joy it should be,
And not a bureaucratic travesty
No more the test score
To slam that big door
On the hearts
And the dreams
That surely must be!
Students will thrive
And know they're alive.
Innovation so true
Civilization anew!

Laura Sire's picture
Laura Sire
First grade teacher

There will come a time
When Education will shine
When students are free
To show Creativity.
Learning will be the joy it should be,
And not a bureaucratic travesty.
No more the test score
To slam that big door
On the hearts
And the dreams
That surely must be!
Students will thrive
And know they're alive.
Innovation so true
Civilization anew!

teresa sermersheim's picture

There once was an important debate,
Should teachers have to collaborate?
An experiment was done,
It was the children who won!
And now more kids graduate!

Laura Sire's picture
Laura Sire
First grade teacher

There will come a time
When education will shine
When students are free
To show Creativity.
Learning will be the joy it should be,
And not a bureaucratic travesty
No more the test score
To slam that big door
On the hearts
And the dreams
That surely must be!
Students will thrive
And know they're alive.
Innovation so true
Civilization anew!

Peg Cain's picture
Peg Cain
Early Childhood Coordinator

Learning is quite a gift
that causes such a lift
But if you don't know
To let learning grow
You SHOULD get a letter of rif !

maria's picture

there once was a paper and pencil,
books, crayons and stencil,
if we used them with grace,
with patience, not haste,
we teachers could increase our students' potential

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