Homage to Dr. Seuss and education
3/6/2020, 6 a.m.
March 2 was the 116th birthday of the beloved author, Theodor Seuss Geisel, or Dr. Seuss.
In his memory, we wrote this poem questioning the wisdom of required Career and Technical Education, or CTE, in schools. We disagree with such plans that could separate children into workplace tracks as early as preschool.
Cry for the Children
(With apologies to Dr. Seuss)
Poor little ones of three or four,
Pushed down the hall and through the door,
Into a job forevermore.
Dictated is their study course,
And where they'll fit in the workforce.
No choice for her, no choice for he,
I DO NOT LIKE THIS CTE!
Are we teaching workers skills?
Or forcing kids into puppy mills?
Are academics for education,
Or disguised indoctrination?
Amazon, Ford, Dominion Power
Will pay your kid by the hour.
Jobs today, not here next year.
Please plan ahead! Do you hear?
Tell your friend and tell your neighbor
Don't make your student do their labor
K-12 and higher education
Fill youth apprentice expectation
Talent pipeline filled to the brim
Personnel spilling over its rim
Capital One, Car Max, and more
Have workers filling up the floor
No extra funds for Special Ed
Buildings crumbling 'round our heads.
Hours trained outside of School.
No time for arts or Golden Rule.
Money goes to corps in town.
Our tax structure is upside down.
Let’s plan ahead: so we’ll be sure.
Ounce of prevention, pound of cure.
Make a call to your legislator.
No K-12 labor. Choose that later.
Raise teacher wages, no insurance baggage.
They should be paid the national average.
Let’s pay our teachers what they’re worth:
The future of children on this earth.
And save for children the ultimate choice
Of where to use their talents and voice.