Strategy

Acts of vandalismare not deserved Grime of violationdoes not wash off If change is targetthen create intrigue Highlight inequitydemonstrate alternatives Crash and burnineffective as hell. (Tuesdays, I borrow from Twitter @Vjknutson.Image my own.)

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Kindergarten Pie

Take a classroom of five-year-olds – nimble-footed, names unintelligible – add a dozen runny noses and three boo-boos and one unfortunate ‘accident’. Introduce a teacher – holiday hazed and overtired – mix with a controversial curriculum, a dash of micromanaging parents, and splash of report cards due. Blend cautiously, taking care that all ingredients remain […]

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Guidance Needed

She is listening, watching, her mind absorbing – so many images, emotions, lacks the filters, the context to frame experience into rational understanding – guide her with patience; treat her kindly.

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Problematic

“You’re an enigma” mother would tsk, ushering me out of the door, brown bag lunch, book bag dragging, to catch a ride across town a special classroom – desks pushed together formed quads, and walls retracted, created one large room, the bustle of activity a constant no readers here, or math sheets, it was free […]

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The Boy in 3C

He like to walk across desktops, bright eyes filled with challenge, a shock of unkempt blond tuffs lending a distinctly menacing air. Had him for three classes a day, and plentiful as my patience could be, I must say, I was stretched – searching for a suitable approach He was all brawn, you see, and […]

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Rain, Like a Typewriter

Rain tap, tap, taps on our tin box roof, like a typewriter rhythmically transcribing today’s lesson “Erect postures, elbows at ninety degrees, fingers poised, ready, and go…fff…ggg…” the old machines weighing heavily on my soul disrupting my sense of self – aspirations more esteemed than stenographer, or secretary – mother’s answer to securing a suitable […]

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History Lesson

Adolescence holds lessons, I failed to absorb, the leap into adulthood premature. Have a son of my own now, wish to guide him to solace, help him to settle into a place where the sky is prominent, teach him to live without walls, proud and confident but I fear the price is too steep that […]

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Convoluted

Teach the children to comply, to learn by rote, to master the art of performance encourage them to control the chatter, their fidgets behave like little adults so as adults they may struggle for authenticity confuse society with audience forgo instincts for crowd pleasing responses – wonder at the innocence of children.

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#TimeForUnrest

Anxiety, like fog, closes in suffocates, I gasp, fight for air – this disease so pervasive, lungs spasm, panic multiplies; help! Tests, drugs – all speculative, experimental – symptoms persist absent treatment protocols, a cure; so much ignorance, uncertainty Lie down, they say, refer me to psychology as if immobility and exhaustion are tricks of […]

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Always a Teacher

Set me on the open road, encourage me to cross borders; I am hungry for knowledge, to hear a higher calling. Cannot tolerate chained-to- chairs education, imposed immobility, socratic hierarchy demanding conformity spoon-fed compliance – am too much my father’s daughter, born rebellious unable to mold myself to prescribed slots would rather initiate discussion, engage, […]

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