"The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it. There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves." -- John Adams

"No money shall be drawn from the treasury, for the benefit of any religious or theological institution." -- Indiana Constitution Article 1, Section 6.

"...no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinion in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish enlarge, or affect their civil capacities." – Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, April 17, 2008

State Testing

State Testing

State testing.
"learning disabled"
Twelve year olds
Drumming fingers,
Panicked eyes searching,
Squinting,
Hoping concentrating on shapes of letters
Will bring eurekas to their confusion.
Squeezing foreheads
As if answers will ooze through their arms
To tools
Of pencils ready and oh so willing to answer
Questions.
Questions which reflect paragraphs
Made of words, mysterious symbols
Created to measure the worth of a twelve year old mind
If only reading were possible.

State testing.
"Learning disabled"
twelve year old terrified to admit
His confusion.
Two hours trying to
Fill in bubbles slowly
As if to make the effort would create success.
Each minute sinking deeper into
The despair of self loathing.
The garble on the pages pointing their
Defiant arrows toward his inward
Feeling of stupidity
If only he could read.

Testing
"learning disabled"
Reading…..
Like everything would come together
If effort prevailed.
Twelve year olds
Teachers
Parents
Even the president says it's possible.
Too bad
That touted belief
Couldn't heal
The helplessness
In a twelve year old's eyes.

— Glenda Puett
a teacher's note
2008-04-15

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1 comment:

Meg said...

I don't know what to say...I feel so sad and at the same time I want to roll that poem into a tight little roll and stick it up the nose of certain legislators.