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Students' attitudes were dismal; composition skills, abysmal! Desperate to make things better, teachers asked expert go-getters, “Will you please get their attention? What we need’s an intervention, something new-wave, fresh, progressive— something youth will find impressive!” “We'll help you!" those experts asserted. “HEROES!” weary teachers blurted. “While you fix this situation, we’ll just take a short vacation.” Dressed as clowns, with bright red noses, “experts” taught how one composes essays. Students were attentive to instructions so inventive: “Slap those thoughts down. Hurry! Hurry! Incoherent? Shucks, don’t worry. Spelling, punctuation, grammar— Smash ‘em with a great-big hammer. Sentence structure, keep ignoring! Writing standards are so boring. Creativity, they smother. Rules--I’d ban if I’d my druthers. Pay no mind to your lame teachers. Go play games behind the bleachers!” Teachers soon returned expecting with these kids they’d be connecting, reading their descriptive writing, in which they would be delighting. What they found was quite confounding, red-nosed youth in clown suits pounding on their books with rubber hammers, yelling, “We don’t need no grammars!” May 1, 2021 entered in charlotte Puddifoot's Open Poetry contest 4

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Date: 5/5/2021 3:45:00 PM
Cute one. Way to go. I wonder if this really happened. Enjoyed reading your unique work. Thanks for the visit to my page. Sara
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 5/11/2021 5:05:00 PM
Thanks so much, Sara. Janice
Date: 5/4/2021 6:35:00 PM
It would seem from your final stanza, Janice, that many of today's language arts teachers are nothing more than clowns! ~ Just kidding, of course. ~ Beware of Green Flip-flops
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 5/11/2021 4:52:00 PM
Thanks, Gershon. It was the visiting "experts" dressed as clowns. Janice
Date: 5/4/2021 3:44:00 PM
I suppose I was one of the weird ones. I always excelled in grammar, so naturally I loved it. Math however is an entirely different matter. LOL A very entertaining read, Janice. Made me smile and that is always a good sign:) Hoping you are well and good luck!
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 5/11/2021 4:51:00 PM
Thanks so much, Danny. Janice
Date: 5/2/2021 6:16:00 PM
Hello Janice ... these experts would have been how a real clown performs by some of them who sat at the desks. We traveled to school on a train affectionately called the 'clown train' named for a very good reason - thanks Janice - Lindsay
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 5/11/2021 4:50:00 PM
Thanks so much, Lindsay. Janice
Date: 5/2/2021 3:51:00 AM
Took me back to my school days Janice, we had our fair share of clowns lol. Tom
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 5/2/2021 11:46:00 AM
Thanks, Tom. Janice
Date: 5/2/2021 3:11:00 AM
I really liked this Janice. Good luck in Charlotte's contest. It reminded me a little of the NHS where I worked - they were intent of paying companies wads of cash to come in, steal the employees watches and then tell them the time. But I digress - A great read. Cheers - Gary
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 5/2/2021 11:46:00 AM
Thanks so much, Gary. Janice