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Pedagogical Prison

Updated on October 25, 2013
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ocfireflies is a retired teacher. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.S. in English/Secondary Education.


This young girl with eyes big and bright

Rapunzel’s hair wearing a tangerine top

This sweetheart we meet once a week

To read and write and laugh and talk

State says she must infer, analyze

Know words bigger than her tiny size

Read faster and write with precision

Be a little Einstein trapped in pedagogical prison

Forget about learning for the sake of learning

Forget about reading for reading is fun

Pass this test place in the highest percentile

Higher than all the rest

This little girl tries with all her might

Sounding out words

Smiling when she gets them right

Full day already she’s pulled

Yet she does not complain

Just keeps on trying

To be the best that she can be

Tricks I show her

Look at “but, although, instead, however”

There you can find the key to whatever

Words you may not know

Providing a place in which to begin

So you can go back and infer within

The meaning of that big word

You are seeing for the first time

Now we go back for we must review

Seeing if we’ve learned this word so new

How I love my little friend

She thinks I am the one helping her

But if the truth be known

The opposite is true


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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Aww, what a wonderful, sweet poem...and with such a true message!

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago


      You are so correct. The plan is to keep on working together throughout the holidays (not all of the time) but enough to reinforce the activities we have already been working on.

      Thank You,


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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      I really liked this hub especially the ending. Perseverance is the key to success.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago

      Thank you for reading this poem inspired by sweet, little niece.


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      K.A.E Grove 4 years ago from Australia

      I am always amazed at how children touch our hearts and soul teaching us some if the simple truths if life that hold such deep meaning...

      A beautiful wonderful poem that warmed my heart, thank you for sharing it

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina


      Thank you for reading and responding to my poem. Having been an educator for over 20 years, I learned a great deal about limitations.

      What is the education system like in your part of the world?



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      Rohan Rinaldo Felix 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      I really like this poem! Truly from someone who realizes the limitation of the educational system.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Audrey and Jo,

      Always nice to see you. Thank you for your kind comments.


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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Beautiful poem....we do put a lot of pressure on children to learn. Each child is an individual they are all enchantingly different.

      Loved the poem.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      This is such a wonderful write! It is true--they give us gifts!!

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I think those of us who have had firsthand experience with the education system may relate to this poem on more than one level. Thank you for understanding where I was coming from on this one.


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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      What a beautiful poem about an important educational point. Yes, we teach to the test and the joy of learning is gone out the window. Yes, we have cookie cutter education and one-size fits all. She must be at a certain point at the correct time in her education. If she doesn't learn to infer by the third grade then what good is she? I know, what we are doing to our children in the name of education is awful. I love the ending of your poem as I always learned so much from my students. They have a way of teaching us what is truly important in life. Thanks so much for sharing this poem with us!

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Benjamin,

      Nice to see you again. Thanks for the kind comments and vote.

      Wishing you a wonderful week,


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      Benjamin Chege 4 years ago

      Hi ocfireflies . Nice to read your hub again. Great poem. Voted up and awesome.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina


      They sure do. Thanks for reading.


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Children are who bring wonders in this world.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina


      Thanks for reading and leaving such a nice comment.

      Have a great day!


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      ocfireflies 4 years ago


      I am not a grandma of yet, but I look forward to that chapter. Since I have boys, a granddaughter would be extra-special. Smiles.

      Thanks for you sweet words and ongoing support.

      Many Blessings to You,


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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      How lovely, Kim. I just love what my granddaughters have taught me in their young ages!!! They are blessings from above, and all those are viewed with such wonderment, like we should, even though we are grown. Remembering to look at the world through a child's eyes, is beautiful.

      Up and more and sharing

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      What a joy to read with that beautiful ending.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina


      Thank you for the vote and for recognizing the beauty of our children.


      I am so glad to hear your children are doing so well. It also sounds as if you are in a school district that still recognizes growth and not just a score on one test. Thanks for sharing.


      My kids are grown so it has been a long time since I attended those P/T conferences. I can remember having those same feelings. Sam is lucky to have parents who are willing to step up.

      Many Warm Thoughts To All of You for Stopping by,


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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      Next week we have parent teacher conferences. They are kind of unnerving because you want to only hear positive things. This poem touched home. Sam started first grade this year, so my wife and I are having to step in for homework and reading much more than the early years. We are excited to do so, but it is quite a change. Thank you. Jamie

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      I just the first teacher parent conferences this week. My children are both doing wonderfully, and I'm super excited about the new implementations at our schools. Here, they are now testing them not with standardized tests, but tests that match the child's abilities. They can measure academic growth based and children are placed in groups to match their level. It's much better than when I went to school and had a hard time with math. I almost flunked one subject, but it didn't matter. The school just went on and on, never stopping to help children catch up. Now it's totally different. I'm so pleased because I've been hearing horror stories about other districts.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Children always bring smiles especially when it is a good ending! Very good. ^

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina


      Glad you ended with a smile.

      : )Kim

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I began reading this with a frown because I hate the current state of education, then I ended up smiling because of the ending, the gifts that children give to us if we are willing to be open and accept them. Beautiful...and isn't that little girl adorable??? Yes she is!