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They Beat Us Down…

A poem by Terry Fauvell, 8th-grade teacher at PS/IS 266, Queens.

Never “Great job today,”
“You gave your colleague great advice,”
“Your plans look like
the models that the city sent,”
“Your former student said
you’re wise.”

Just “No ‘Do Now’ on the board,”
“Where’s your teaching point?”
“Saw no elaboration,
or differentiation,”
“Put those standards up!”

They try and try
To break our spirits,
Break our union,
Break our minds.

But we remember
Who we are,
What we are,
Why we are
Doing what we do
Despite all the difficulties
That ensue:

The children,
Their education
And edification.
So we stand up,
And don’t let them beat us down.


1 Comment:

  • 1 Carol
    · Oct 25, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    I wish I was so eloquent when I was a teacher