Competence! Competence! Is that the spell
which poisons the actions of those who do well?
Absolute knowledge has never been with us
and righteous solutions are naught but malicious.
“Issues not politics” resounds the quote,
senators losing won’t pay for a vote?
Ignore politicians! That would be amiss -
has ever an oath been betrayed by a kiss?
Pecking codes highly developed and sure
may camouflage all education as pure.
Leaders of knowledge we frequently trust
follow economics and not what is just.
Teachers ask menial work of the student,
ownership due them for being so prudent;
Unlearned students evaluate scholars,
equity due them for spending those dollars.
Tenured instructors in annual review
abjure the creativeness others pursue.
Could interpretation and manipulation
influence the findings in consideration?
A student selected a learned institution
refusing subjection to merit pollution,
And further rejected mere indoctrination
she found masquerading as true education.
Her records and scholastic testings have shown
what she and her parents had already known.
Perhaps, our officials will someday acknowledge
that not every student is molded for college.
Copyright ©1983 by Christian M. Yoder