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The Box of Schools Conformity

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The Box of Schools Conformity

A teacher steps in front of a class.
“Today we will be learning…”
Your bias?
Your inability to respect us?
The fact that you don’t want to be here?
Her mouth continues to move but I can’t zone back in.
Why do we attend class?
So we all think the same?
To never improve our economy?
I pay for a professor to take away my creativity.
She gives me an “A” for conformity.
Every teacher teaches with his or her own style,
Each student thinks with their own opinions.
No person gets the same education. 
The one thing we all learn is there’s no such thing as accepted individuality.
They say reach for the stars, 
But the curriculum chains our arms down.
One would suggest- think outside the box 
What is a box?
Is it adults’ inability to heed?
The parameters of others intelligence’s demise?
To think outside; to exceed,
Though society isolates and punishes when we do.
You demand our ideas not be connected.
How can we do this when we are required to posses the same perspective?
Were brought up to follow.
If you have to think outside the box, why is there even a box? 
Why not get rid of it? 
Better yet…
Then the teacher regains my focus and asks,
“Taylor, what do you think?”
I allow silence to fill the room and take time to respond,
“..Destroy it”

Copyright © Taylor Thompson

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  1. Date: 2/27/2012 8:37:00 PM
    conform. why? because we all conformed. think outside the box. because there are no new ideals in the box. destroy it?the flat world is doing that. so where do you fit in?

  1. Date: 2/22/2012 1:39:00 PM
    What wonderful poetry you all are sharing with us. I have enjoyed reading yours today Taylor. I hope the rest of the week finds you with much inspiration in your heart and you will continue to share your writing. Love, Carol

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    Date: 2/22/2012 1:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Carol, you really give me a sense of belonging, thank you so much I sure hope so too! :)