A Haiku - Education

More learning takes place surrounded by life, than within the walls of our schools, but good schools and teachers prepare their students for that learning.

The best assets a school has to offer its students are its teachers.  They are the true treasure students share.
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Teacher teach me now,

That "more" I should know somehow.

Start my grander life:

How to choose my friends,

How to visit the world's ends.

How to speak when there.

What I should know soon,

To enjoy conversations

With people I meet.

To calculate sums,

To know of life's great hazards,

To read and reason.

To play, discuss, dance,

Appreciate and create,

Use logic, live well.

Tell me when I'm wrong.

Challenge me to be my best.

Help me want to learn.

Socrates had no modern building, no technological wonders, no encyclopedias, no films or microphones. Yet 2400 years after he was teaching, he is still regarded

In our modern day we call one level of education by the term "Continuing Education."

While surely education never stops short of death, we have what are called "schools of higher learning" whose students compete to be selected to the renowned schools with earned international reputations in the fields the students (and their parents) choose to pursue.

A current debate has persisted as to whether those same students (and their parents) should be able to compete for schools and teachers at our "schools of lower learning," our public schools, charter schools, and preparatory schools which might be advantageous to the students' futures.

At the crux of the debate is the popular desire that every student should have access to an outstanding educational system. In short "the best that money and taxes can buy."

While the debate over vouchers and the failure of so many schools continues, we must admit that our "outstanding educational system" is not measuring up to the best systems of other leading nations at the level which can have the greatest influence on the future success of our students.

For too many years past, the teaching professionals such a quality system must rely on, were poorly paid, overworked, and teaching to overcrowded classrooms with too many restrictions on how they could teach, and even on how they could maintain an optimum learning environment in those overcrowded classrooms.

Little has changed. The debate continues, and meanwhile we are literally "moving students through the system" who too often complete their K-12 educations unprepared to do the level of work we used to (and still do) expect from public high schoool graduates.

The world is moving on, into the fast-paced 21st Century, and America is leaving too many of its students behind. Those students are essential to America's future, and it is essential that every one of America's students be given the education they need to succeed.

The solution is simple and at the same time complex.

Know what goes on inside your local schools; get involved. You have a stake in the future, no matter your age or family status. Ride herd on school boards and legislatures. Demand to be informed about weaknesses and the proposals for improving public education, and vote when you can for progressive change and the forward-looking, goals-oriented efforts that can make a difference.

Right now the better school systems are (or should be) in fierce competition to hire and retain the best teachers and administrators. Hiring them isn't just about money. The best teachers want to be teaching where they can be most effective while earning a competitive salary and bonuses.

No teacher wants to have to teach in a dilapidated classroom, with poor supervision, and a non-supportive community. No teacher should be asked to.

You and I can make a difference. The overriding question is: will we get involved in America's future?

If not us, who?

If not now, when?


© 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I am lucky to have gone to a "lessor" institutions without big names. But they all taught me to learn more and how to learn more. Our education system seems broken. But I do not believe so. I only have 6 diplomas but shoot I am only 56 I will get another within the next year. In my home when you stop schooling you start dying.

Just loved the Haiku

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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Eric - Can you recall when your obvious "love of learning" became obvious to you? Or did you always have it? I recall going for the first day at kindergarten and being proud that I could spell simple words, only to discover that kindergarten, at that time, was devoted to learning to play together! I'm not sure my love of learning has ever fully recovered to what it might have been.

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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

"Get involved." Absolutely. And we can begin by teaching our children the wonders and benefits of becoming life-long learners. Excelled hub!

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

The poem is excellent. Sensitive to the appeal on behalf of "schools of lower learning." Your final statements get to the crux of the matter.

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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Genna East - My father said, "Education is the one investment a person can make, and know they will never lose it."

MsDora - This goes with my mother's favorite saying: "if you love life, then waste not time, for time's the stuff life's made of."

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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Learn more, learn well, go farther. I often wonder with what's happening in the U.S. today what teachers are teaching. What values????

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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Gypsy Rose Lee - Teachers teach most by example, and what the teacher teaches depends in large part on the individual teacher. Teaching today seems as if it is often "teaching with one hand tied behind the back." Media throws other examples in students' faces and seems so easily to undo the good the classroom teachers can do. Good question.

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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

I have had a few gifted teachers that gave me the insatiable quest for knowledge. I still have it, even today. I must thank those teachers for that.

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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Thought-provoking Hub. Great Haiku's on education.

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grand old lady 2 years ago from Philippines

Your poem is beautiful and has an oriental quality to it that is very surprising. You have also posed an important challenge to others, especially teachers, about the importance of education for everyone, whatever school they may go to.

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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

grand old lady - Interesting too, the comment that Turkey's president made about women and the Qu'ran, added to the fact that many secular schools in Turkey are being changed to curriculums tied to Islam. Ataturk must be turning in his grave.

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