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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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Margo Butera's picture

We need lightbulbs of a different kind
in our hearts and in our minds-
With creative thinking,
our problems start shrinking-
No student ever need be left behind.

JD Walters's picture

Reading most of these entries is exasperating:

1) most of them aren't limericks
2) some of them simply vent instead of suggesting ways to improve education
3) the vast majority are vacuous platitudes instead of concrete ideas.

We're suppose to be teachers, for crying out loud! Can we have less talk about 'lightbulbs' and 'muses' please, and more about SPECIFIC steps we can take?

Donald Johnson's picture
Donald Johnson
Fired ex-Geography/Journalism/English teacher, Houston, Texas

It doesn't hurt anybody's tender feelings; it doesn't irreparably damage fragile self-esteem.

Besides, anyone suggesting something concrete may actually be called upon to do it!

Ralph Protsik's picture

Half of the entries aren't limericks, and of the half that are, most are so so clumsily worded as to stretch the definition. Then there are the platitudes. Remember the directive: "how best to improve education." What I see are lots of nostrums and few cures (or at least observations on the root causes of the mess we're in).

Melissa Israel's picture

Lighten up! Some of us were just having some fun sharing our writing...That does not make us or what we said vacuous...When things like this are open to lots of people and their interpretations, maybe you might steer clear of them so you do not stress yourself out! The last thing anyone who has actually entered some poetry into this needs is someone ripping it apart...You sound more like the politicians than a team player!

Donald Johnson's picture
Donald Johnson
Fired ex-Geography/Journalism/English teacher, Houston, Texas

Notice the caption under my name.

The velvet fist can smash creativity as thoroughly as a naked hammer. "Improving" education doesn't mean "more of the same" only nicer; it usually entails more rigor and openness to unorthodox avenues of expression. Too many of these "limericks" are but recitations of pedagogical pablum.

Some, however, are quite cute, and one hopes that they can be recognized beneath the pile.

Ellen Keyes's picture
Ellen Keyes
Home Schooling parent of 4 students in Orlando

There once was a concept called Freedom
Educating a person can be done
If Freedom is used
to help, not abuse
So let's not hoard the blessing and be one!

Ellen Keyes's picture
Ellen Keyes
Home Schooling parent of 4 students in Orlando

Each parent is also a teacher
We're not lords, employers or preachers
So give kids the tools
To start their own schools
'n when they grow up they'll be the teachers!

Margo Butera's picture

JD Walters- Creative thinking was my answer to our problems without placing blame. I wish you would just write your own instead of negatively commenting on others'. Vote for the ones you like, and those will be the ones representing all of us if they win. There is a great one called "Pink Slip" on page 3, which definitely addresses something concrete.

Thank you.

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