A Call to Change the lives of our children,
Packaged of each day to an educational illusion,
Where measurement decrees the value of their worth,
Not accounting for their experiences, their talents from birth.
Pressurised they rebel,
From the expectations we expel,
The virtue of winning,
The community values those high achievers,
Plastering their names across newspapers as winners.
The untold story of the struggle to just breathe,
As more and more pressure is applied to their lives.
Their worth is bound up in a score of their schooling,
Teachers t net worth is in their hands of their students,
Parents buy in uplifted when the child does well,
And scathing of lack of effort when they sit in a hole.
Blameing the internet and other vices to explain the disinterest
This vicious cycle of pinning it all on the winning.
And what does this score mean in the light of the day,
It measures not the struggles,
Not the abuses,
Not the pressures,
Not the passions,
Not the light,
Not the success,
Not the future…
Wound up in a society that buys into this thing called education,
That its is the be all and end all…
It’s not working to enhance the lives of our children,
But creating a petri dish to grow anxiety and depression,
A space of harm.
I do not know if I have explained my self well
I feel like curling up in a ball and crying
Watching the struggle and pain of so many
Surely there is a way for our young to be nurtured,
For their strengths and deep deep beauty to light up their days.
This pain that they experience destroys so much of their knowing,
Reducing them to a space where it is hard just to get up,
And we keep sending them off to this system of cruelty,
That is run with the best of intentions, with caring wonderful people.
As a teacher myself I am in the space of confusion,
Loving the teaching and nurturing of young people.
It is not the places per se, but the way that they finish,
All in one year they must step up to an un-ending measure.
I have no answers, but I pray for a change,
For inspired ideas to take hold and retrain,
A system that is flawed and no longer meets our young peoples needs,
Allowing the spread of depression and anxiety instead.