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21st Century Teacher
Fighting on the front lines
With red pens
For independent thought,
For common sense
Not Common Core
This is a battle in a bureaucratic war we’re losing
Keep pushing and shoving against an impenetrable wall
But we’re only foot soldiers, not actually giving orders
Kids look down on us and they ask,
“Will this be on the test?”
“Get out of my face.”
Taught by parent(s) to resist.
These are Kids who fail to create
But recite, recall, and retaliate
“Mistake” has become a forbidden word.
School is no longer a safe haven
Testing, testing, 1-2-3 hundred murdered students, teachers
Hanging by a thread and losing the grip a little more every day
Following the curriculum map to X marks the standardized test.
We dig and
For the buried treasure trove of teaching magic. The legitimacy and respect our careers deserve. The money, the time, the love, the support.
But it’s buried under so much testing and red tape, and so
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