How Do They Loathe Us?
How do they loathe us? Let me count the ways.
They loathe us deepmost to the very core.
Teachers, parents they evenly abhor--
Children more so in their tend’rest days.
They loathe us blind-eyed with “high standards” rage,
Misusing tests to give each one a score.
They loathe us thus and thus turn gold to straw.
They loathe us in a frenzied death-embrace:
Loathe by every unfounded decision,
Declaring that we have no other choices;
Loathe us, turning classrooms into prisons.
They loathe us darkly and ignore our voices;
Worship at the shrine of imprecision,
Foreclose the future, loathe us and rejoice.
~Fred Smith, Change the Stakes (with apologies to EBB)
Stay cool, ask your ardent followers to put some iambs together in sonnet form, and compose their own litany of loathing.