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What's wrong With Education, Mr. Jones

I am in a classroom at Oakland High School
The students are writing poems.
I am reading poems to them
and they read some to me.
They are writing limericks,
haikus, acrostics, cutups
with magazine words,
and poems about poetry.
They are listening to rap on headphones
and rhyming everything they can.

At the same time they are talking
and hitting and jiving each other
and some are hugging and flirting
What's wrong with education, mr. jones?

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