Sunday, May 2, 2010

Swimming with Sharks 04/30/10

a darkened classroom
after school
on a Friday afternoon

the echoes of
the students’ voices
silently resound
in my head
as i sit here

papers are getting graded
grades are being entered
and yet...

i feel
(as i so often do)
that i am swimming
against the tide

being pulled away
from what i find important

being pulled under
by this rip tide current
of red tape
and record keeping

when all i want to do
is swim free
and play in the waves
of words
and books
and poems
and the creativity
of my students

©2010-Art Belliveau


WilmingtonUHollySullivan said...

I think it's so hard to teach students with the freedom you want to because teachers always have to worry about the state testing.

Art Belliveau said...

Yeah, the tail really wags the dog with testing. Too bad that teachers, unlike the testing industry, can't afford the millions of dollars it takes to hire lobbyists to promote our professional viewpoints to members of Congress.