Silent and Compliant By Poetic Justice

Poetic Justice is the blog of a fellow education advocate who is also a “poetry teacher defending ALL students and their families.”  It is a blog that all who support public education should follow.  You can read it at 

The latest Poetic Justice post is entitled Silent and Compliant and reads,

What we have in our schools today is not my idea of a healthy, holistic, nurturing education. We need to return to a paradigm where we cherish children, creativity, and the teacher-artist.


Do our students even really exist anymore?
Or have they each become
just a data point?

All dead
not one alive
willing to risk
willing to scream
for their lives.

We have hidden
them all
and thrown them away – the outliers.

All that is left
are the silent
invisible children.