Well, Educate Not is quite an honest portrayal of our Education System. Perhaps certain utterances are a little too piercing. Sharon Esther Lampert breaks my own silence when she says “No time to teach…No time to learn/All by myself, I got to teach myself a zillion facts…/The first day of school, I gotta be behind.” Here, I love the use of “Got” and “Gotta.” Of course, not only is it a parody regarding education, but I can also feel the teacher’s hurried pace. When we’re moving too quickly, we say things like got, gotta, gonna, wanna, etc., only to be met with a raised eyebrow. For after all, “I’ma” teacher.
“I Got no time to read,” blurts Ms. Lampert. “They Weigh IT…The Education System is Dumb.” I can feel my heart beat as she implies—I mean shouts—that our education system is not valued so it’s going to get worse and “waste my money, waste my mind and waste my time.” The conundrum here, for me, is that she’s speaking about everyone. I can hear her talking to all of us as though it’s a mutually shared experience. Each one of us has been on one end or the other and some of us have been teachers and students…a double dose.
Finally, that second to the last stanza is priceless for writers…”No time to think…” or let alone, do all the things necessary to create a “Masterpiece.” Educate Not is about the pitiful state of mediocrity. What’s worse than not doing anything at all? Doing it halfway! Garbage in—Garbage out. As Ms. Lampert says “I Trash It. I Got No Time for Junk.” What about you? Let me know your thoughts! As always – Stay with Sharon and The Write Talk!
Educate Not by Sharon Esther Lampert
No Time to Teach:
In Class, They Give a General Overview.
On Tests, They Want Particular Details.
No Time to Learn:
All By Myself, I Got to Teach Myself a Zillion Facts:
I Got No Study Skills, I Got No Tutor,
The First Day of School, I Gotta Be Behind.
Students Got a Cheat-Sheet:
I Use Citations From Books
I Got No Time to Read.
Teachers Got a Cheat Sheet:
They Got No Time to Read IT.
They Weigh IT:
They Grade IT A.
They Grade IT B.
They Grade IT C.
They Grade IT D.
Looks Can Kill
They Grade IT F.
Quantity Over Quality:
Education System is Dumb
And is Gonna Get Dumber,
Wastes My Good Dime,
My Good Mind,
And My Good Time.
I Survive, I Don’t Thrive.
Facts Move From Textbook
To Blackboard to Notebook.
Gotta Get the Facts INSIDE of ME:
No Time to Think,
No Time to Write an Outline,
No Time for Research,
No Time to Write a Rough Draft,
No Time to Reread, Revise, and Rewrite,
No Time to Write a Final Draft,
No Time to Write My Masterpiece.
When I Get IT Back, My Work-In-Progress,
I Trash IT. I Got No Time for Junk.
Teachers Got No Time to Teach.
I Got No Time to Learn.
No Time to Educate.
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