What our children are taught at school

is rote learn and regurgitate

instead of educating

schools tend to indoctrinate

Schools teach materialism

which inverts the natural law

prizing inanimate objects

finding living things a bore

We must use things and love people

instead of the reverse

loving things and using people

is foolish and perverse

Instead of that children learn

to survive you must compete

they learn it in the classroom

to do it in the street

Competing only makes

people act the same

Not a path to excellence

Just a conformist game

You are never taught at school

to set up for yourself

You learn to work for someone else

or be left upon the shelf

Many the system can’t employ

are forced onto the street

they can’t afford a place to stay

or decent food to eat

Apart from academic studies

for jobs that don’t exist

schools should also teach the kids

to successfully subsist

Children need to know

never to be cowered

and through learning self-reliance

how to be empowered

Education should give one the power

to question and think things through

to be original and creative

and constructive too

How to co-operate

how to be sincere

how to work together

how to share and care

How to be effective

how to be efficient

in all of these key areas

schools must become proficient

Far better things can be done

than resort to taking drugs

out of boredom or frustration

or turning into thugs

What all kids need to learn

are the basics to survive

nutrition, health and shelter

to help them stay alive

How to make a garden

grow food and cook proper meals

These are more important

than owning a set of wheels

Students should learn how

to live without polluting

to heal the environment

and personal computing

So they can form a network

that is concerned to share

solutions for community

healing and repair

The basics of small business

to encourage self-employment

can be taught to those who prefer

to work for their own enjoyment

Youth can be the front line

to change the situation

but only if they go beyond

the usual education

An excellent opportunity

to take the initiative

and learn what text books do not teach

a wholesome way to live

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