“Teacher, teacher,” her students beseech her,
Teach us everything we need to know.
Help us learn and help us grow
Into the people we want to be,
Into the successes our parents see
Give us fun, but make us behave;
Give us the character that will save
Us from a dangerous world
And from ourselves.
Brand new teacher, a pitiful creature.
Give her the biggest and worst of the classes
As a test of her strength and see if she passes.
We’ll see if this lamb has what it takes
To handle the strain each time that she wakes
With anxiety attacks in the middle of the night
Fearing her lessons won’t be exactly right.
Should she teach her children to think for themselves,
Or only to think what they’re taught.
Frontline teacher, lets all outreach her
And tell her what to teach and how to do it,
But don’t give her materials for her to pursue it.
She’ll make due or make them herself,
Or find them online or an education store shelf.
But she’ll use them discretely, she’s gotten much wiser;
And keep them from the view of the curriculum advisor.
Sent by the district, state, and nation to make sure all applies
To the standardized test.
Experienced teacher, watch some parent impeach her.
Their rude, disruptive kids are never wrong;
If the teacher can’t control, she doesn’t belong.
Go to the school board and ask for her head;
Your social connections are something to dread.
Short of that, the kids will conspire to get her
After all, they’re yours and don’t know any better.
Those truly smart kids could be getting all A’s,
But their parents are too busy to help.
Inexhaustible teacher, it’s her number one feature.
She gives of her time and herself to her students;
With her energy she’s the soul of imprudence.
Sponsor a club, maybe some coaching,
Is it any wonder her spouse is reproaching
Her for working too hard, but how can she stop
When she must be prepared to be on top
Of every situation and play every role
From psychologist to cop?
But our conscientious teacher will say to each her
Own, and if she can survive the first five years
Despite the low pay, the hard work, and the tears,
Despite that parents and kids can be cruel
And PTA meetings at night at the school,
She’ll know that her students will always remember
And send her Hallmark cards in December
To say in their lives she made all the difference
And now in their lives she is held in great reverence.