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Higher Education? - A Poem

Updated on February 1, 2016
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Poetry is the food of the soul. It's my greatest contribution to the world and an area I can always grow.

Ideological conformity

Academic conditioning

The open-minded youth

Needing guidance

Offensive viewpoints

Critical appraisal



They’ve renamed them

Hate Speech

The Constitution you say?

Not in the classroom


Speech codes

Don’t offend

Or be unorthodox

You’ll be silenced

Then shamed

Rounded up like cattle

Driven away


In the name of Education

Or indoctrination

Who holds the power?

Not a student one

Reasoning won’t overcome

Passions and paychecks

Funding from someone

Materialism, sexism, feminism

Darwinism, and rationalism

Social studies

Political Correctness

Talking, talking, shouting

No voice but their own

The echoes forever haunting

Once hallowed halls

Where matriculation

Meant challenging the norm

Opinions without bias

Worthwhile learning

No topic taboo

No theory settled

No ridicule

Intellectual gain

Without repercussion

Minds molded

Leaders, Scientists, Teachers

Doctors, Journalists

Philosophers and Poets


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    Ralph Schwartz 

    4 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    thank you fellow Idahoan ! Too bad that things have gotten so bad - my son brings home common core math homework that is mind boggling

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    Dan Harmon 

    4 years ago from Boise, Idaho

    Education has indeed changed, hasn't it. And in spite of the complaints of "common core" or other academic methodologies, the biggest change may be in our institutions of higher learning. They are not what they used to be.

    What you have put into verse demonstrates a lot of what is wrong. Nice work.

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    4 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    When I hear of the Democratic candidates using free college as part of their platform, I shudder - anything given away loses value. As the Master's Degree has replaced the Bachelor's degree as the defining point of educational achievement, I fear this may up the ante to the PhD level.

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    Brian Sluga 

    5 years ago from EADO East downtown Houston

    RJ nice poem. My real thoughts on higher education are it should never come cheap in the US. Hard work and a proper higher education always win in the end. This liberal PC world today on many college campus' makes it seem that everything comes for free.

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 

    5 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

    Most creative poetry. Thanks for the education.

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    5 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Provocative thinking Eldon - all ideas might lend themselves to be adopted by everyone but shouldn't that be by choice? Limiting students to predetermined topics makes them close minded robots with a penchant for narrow mindedness in all they do.

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    5 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    breakfastpop - I see you are one of the ones who "get it" - I just cannot understand how much some people hate this country - they must not realize how good they have it here.

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    5 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    The real learning seems to come from how we interact with others and if we are lucky, learn from their words. Thank you for sharing your time and thoughts manatita

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    5 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Thanks for reading Jodah - as always I appreciate your encouragement and support. Hubpages is lucky to have you.

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    John Hansen 

    5 years ago from Queensland Australia

    An interesting take on Higher Education today. Much food for thought here. Good poem.

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    5 years ago from london

    An interesting, challenging and thought-provoking one, Bro. How times have changed!

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    5 years ago

    Our students are being brainwashed by professors who despise the Constitution and free speech, unless they are the ones speaking. Your poem perfectly describes the state of education today.

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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    5 years ago from Southern Illinois

    If one wants to do well in our society, they must be inclusive, believe in equality, tolerance and especially love. Times have changed. No longer just working hard and saving your money will guarantee success. Thought provoking piece of poetry.

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    Eldon Arsenaux 

    5 years ago from Cooley, Texas

    Is it possible that all ideas are conformist RJ? Since 'non-conformity' from Liberal or Conservative schools conform to certain conventions. Sometimes the same, and some times disparate. Still, I think you're on to something. Thank you for this poem sir. The old collegiate systems were meant to make gentlemen. Today, I do not surmise they do.

    Best of wishes towards your poetry,



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