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Exasperation over Expectations

Today’s students strive only to meet expectations
We used to go all out to exceed expectations
Young people have no real goals, just vague destinations
Their minds seem to be set on low-level vibrations
Our young people seem to lack worthy aspirations
Discouraged teachers are left with exasperation
With weapons in schools they must avoid confrontations
And keep a close eye on escape route locations
These kids can’t even hold meaningful conversations
Or do the simplest mathematic calculations
Their free time is spent in video game fixations
A "C" or a "D" harvests little indignation
Teachers get no support from school administrations
Even when students fail final examinations
These unmotivated kids have few variations
They only want to slide by and meet expectations
One day these children will be running corporations
Or choosing how governments make appropriations
It’s frightening when you consider the implications
For our world's future, I have angst-filled expectations

* For Paula's "Meeting Expectations" contest

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  1. Date: 2/22/2011 11:43:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Carolyn in Paula Swanson's contest "Meeting Expectations". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/9/2011 4:32:00 AM
    I knew this one would be on the winners list, Carolyn. Many congrats on your BIG WIN. Lainie

  1. Date: 2/5/2011 9:13:00 AM
    Hi Carolyn - Congratulations on your WIN in Paula's contest. Best wishes, KC

  1. Date: 2/4/2011 10:34:00 PM
    How you managed to compose this entry in monorhyme is amazing! Congratulations on your win in Paula's contest.

  1. Date: 2/3/2011 4:33:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 2/2/2011 10:42:00 PM
    I belive I saw this one before and I just knew it would make the list. Congratulations, Carolyn. You deserved a win with this. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 2/2/2011 4:50:00 PM
    ahh the schools, a lost cause I think. Congrad's Light & Love

  1. Date: 2/2/2011 3:55:00 PM
    Congratulations on the seventh place win in the contest, carolyn

  1. Date: 2/2/2011 12:20:00 PM
    Warm congratulations on your great win with this so relevant verse, Seafaress! Love, Audrey

  1. Date: 2/2/2011 10:35:00 AM
    wonderfully stated Carolyn , congrats on your win in the contest

  1. Date: 2/2/2011 8:59:00 AM
    Great work and great win. We can only hope that there are a few honest and willing students to be depended upon to keep things going in the future. Congratulation Carolyn. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 2/1/2011 9:11:00 AM
    Hi Carolyn, so true what you have penned here!This is also valid for some German pupils depending on their backgrounds! These fellows won't understand life and are open to negative propagands (of the right wing Neo-Nazi). This is a dengerous development. Best of luck in Paula's contest!...Love, Gert

  1. Date: 1/30/2011 6:23:00 AM
    Your bang on with your ions Carolyn, good luck in Paula's contest....:)

  1. Date: 1/28/2011 1:47:00 PM
    Well said Carolyn, but I think that the plight of this generation's educational dilemma is a symptom rather than the disease itself. The disease being apathy. In the life cycle of any democracy you begin with oppression, then revolution, to abundance, that leads to apathy, which allows oppression, and comes full cycle back to revolution. We as a nation are, I believe, well into the apathy stage of our culture and are entering into the oppression stage.

  1. Date: 1/26/2011 9:54:00 AM
    After thirty years of teaching, I still maintain that the parents are the main problem. I'm not saying it's all their fault. Many parents are having to hold down two jobs and then are barely making it. Still, going back when this wasn't the case, I found most of student problems were because of a lackof parental responsibility. Love, Dave

  1. Date: 1/26/2011 4:12:00 AM
    this is a very precise and thorough write i really liked it thankyou x

  1. Date: 1/25/2011 6:15:00 PM
    It is such a shame and we have become a selfish society with no real goals or ideas. For us to be so technologically minded we sure do do most that is not right. Very well expressed.

  1. Date: 1/25/2011 4:06:00 AM
    Dear Carolyn, as a parent...Lord knows, you've nailed this with undeniable facts ! A great entry my dear poet, and an inspiring motivator to help balance what seems to be 'the real future' if we as parents do not step in with 'heavey foot ! Great write Carolyn ! much love, james

  1. Date: 1/24/2011 8:29:00 PM
    Unfortunately - this is all so true. Brilliant entry, Carolyn. Lainie

  1. Date: 1/24/2011 1:37:00 PM
    You hit the nail on the head regarding the problems with our young students. If they try to run government like it's a video game, the only winner will be the last country standing. All the others will have been attacked and destroyed. I am worried about our future too.