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Education Haiku parenting Poetry

Kids

Labor division

Is never equitable

Where kids are involved

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Education History Poetry Teaching

Essays

The typing of keys

The rustling of paper notes

Soft murmured questions

Intensity’s high

When students are writing

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Climate Education Poetry Teaching

Snowballs

Snow brings the trouble

The kids smell change in the air

Their noses upturned

Minds whirring with plots

It begins innocently

A white rush of air

A splash of cold snow

Suddenly, it’s a frenzy

Mounds crisscross the yard

Showering the kids

All with red noses and smiles

Hands cold and frozen

Rejoicing in the weather

Until the adults swarm in

To end the melee

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Education Haiku Poetry Teaching

Reckoning

Please, make no mistake

New laws that attack our schools

Are not “for the parents.

That’s propaganda

Parents are often

Invited into the class

Lessons are often

Already online.

No. These laws show lawmakers

Who they can target

Thinly veiled attempts

To root out the teachers who

Teach real history

Because you see friends…

Education is power

Education is change

Education is discussion

Education is critical thinking.

Being educated

Shouldn’t be easy.

Education is a reckoning

And that should feel uncomfortable.

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Current Events Education Haiku Teaching

Unintended consequences?

The consequences

Of the pandemic

Will be hard to count…

However, it’s clear

That the main victims are kids

They are in shambles

First, online schooling

Then, rolling quarantines and

Sick family members

We’ve expected them

To be strong. Meanwhile adults

Kept failing the kids.

Don’t @ me on this

I know we’ve all done our best

Closing school was right.

Here is my real point

We’ve asked our kids to adapt

While leaving no tools

In their school toolbox

They are alone in the wild

Because schools didn’t adjust

To the trauma of the kids

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Current Events Education Haiku History Poetry

Dark

States are banning books

900,000 are dead

Now, the GOP

Have, of course, declared

Events of January 6

“Legitimate discourse”

2024

Is barreling fast toward us

A darkness is brewing

A darkness is brewing

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Current Events Education Haiku Poetry Teaching

Half

Twelve of twenty-five

Students absent in my class

It’s not a mask thing

They all have COVID

It’s spreading so quickly that

I see in real time

The sickness take hold

And worsen over the day

The worst part of this

Is that so many don’t care

But kids are suffering

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Current Events Education History Poetry Teaching

Systemic Cycles

You may not know this.

But…in 1931,

The US started

Deporting citizens.

American citizens

Were rounded up and shipped out

It seems crazy right?

I’m talking about

People of Hispanic descent

Most had been born here

Why did this happen?

I’m so very glad you asked

The reason is bad…

The Great Depression happened

The US decided

To stop caring for citizens

Of certain origin

History matters.

Those who want to hide history

Want to make damn sure

It’s repeatable.

Don’t fall for the rhetoric

Teach real history.

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Current Events Education Haiku Poetry Teaching

It’s Like We Could Have Prevented This…

You know what’s wild?

When a lack of mitigation

Leads to a case rise.

It’s almost as though

We could have seen it coming

Oh wait…we did see.

Instead choosing to do nothing

And now cases rise.

One quarter absent

Yesterday at my school

What do I do with that?

Teachers are so so tired

Because…we told you so.

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Current Events Education Local Government Poetry Teaching

A Lack of Teachers

Is not because of teachers

It’s becoming clear

That the teaching profession

Is in some trouble

Put very simply

There are not enough teachers

To man the classrooms

Conservatives say

This is a teacher problem

That “we” are too “soft”

This is not the case

The profession of teaching

Is treated poorly

Teachers have low pay

Combined with high education

Our hours are long

Our work is not just hard

It can also be dangerous

Not only covid

But we have angry students

We have poor buildings

On top of threats of shootings

And high expectations

We are not babysitters

We are professionals with

Very high expertise

And we are also

Often treated like shit from admin

And the public.

It’s not hard to see

Why teachers are leaving quick

With none in the wings.

So, don’t act as though

You’re suddenly surprised when

Your kids’ teacher quits.