Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.
You say things
that rub me the wrong way,
that disturb me,
that depart from research and
enter into viewpoint,
and I feel
How can this happen
when we were getting along so well?
You think that liberal political activism is behind this.
I think corporate intrusion into politics is.
You think a "managed economy" is the worst thing,
I think rampant plutocracy is.
You think totally free enterprise is the goal,
I think it is the cause of what it is we are both rallying against.
I bristle when you insult my liberal heroes.
You would probably bristle if I spoke ill of yours.
Can we agree to disagree on the root cause
And come back to working on what we agree on?
Is what we agree on
more important than
what we disagree about?
Here's my list -
Safe, well-maintained schools
Happy, thriving kids
Learning, thinking, communicating.
Professional teachers, trusted to do their jobs,
Supportive administrators and staff,
Welcoming places for parents and families to be involved
in the school community
in meaningful ways.
Developmentally inappropriate standards
That crush the spirits of the students
That are tied to school
and teacher evaluation.
That are immutable.
Not open for public debate.
Is this enough common ground
For us to stand on?