Education Might Have Failed Us

by Deborah Breuer

In a time between then and now, now and the future,
There was something lost in translation,
An expectation for our leaders and the education that was provided to them.
As citizens we hold the belief,
The hope,
That the shepherds of our flock have been equipped with the appropriate intellectual power to sustain what is good and right and deliver us from that which is not.
We read with sorrow and empathy the first two pages of A Tale of Two Cities and forget that the leaders of tomorrow,
The very ones that we are charged with preparing to lead us into a better existence,
Are ill-equipped to read such a passage,
much less apply the worldly themes of such a timeless text.
This unfortunate reality featuring our education system as its primary antagonist drives me to ponder my peers.
As I daily perform on a stage of essential curriculum and life lessons to an audience of “too tough for this shit” dodging criticism and ridicules,
I notice that other jesters perform on stages of apathy with lack of consideration that their very actions dictate what future shepherds will view as acceptable education.


Author's Note: And this from an educator...

Posted on 07/19/2012
Copyright © 2020 Deborah Breuer

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by George Hoerner on 07/20/12 at 01:58 PM

It is still nice to know that some believe education still can make a difference.

Posted by Jody Pratt on 07/21/12 at 02:17 AM

The "Shepard's" want to keep us as a flock of sheep. Smart enough to do the work but not enough to ask questions. Look at the money our "Shepard's" have. They do not get the same education as the rest of us.

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