Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "3 Rs and 1 L"

This poem came out of the May 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by LJ user My_partner_doug, who prompted with a reference to the "three Rs."  It has been sponsored out of the general fund, based on an audience poll.

"3 Rs and 1 L"

The evolution of education
has been a long and winding road.

For a time, people thought in terms
of Recitation, Repetition, and Repression --
a focus on the techniques of teaching.

Then the litany switched to
Reading, 'Riting, and 'Rithmetic
(but not, evidently, Spelling yet)
and the emphasis changed to
the topics that were taught.

In the end, though, there is
only one fundamental thing
that students must discover --
not what to think, not how to think,

but how to learn.

They don't actually need
a school for this, or even a teacher.

It's hardwired.
It's built into the DNA
of every animal species,
albeit some more than others.

But success in school depends on
people not  knowing that   fact.

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