Close encounters with education of the bad type

By Noel Ihebuzor

A song on bad education

Anxious open minds, eyes ablaze and shining

all gaiety and laughter at entry

to an environment, structured, neat, calibrated and ordered

 

most exit, heads crammed with knowledge, morose, twinkle gone

minds closed, vision dimmed , imagination dulled and diluted

 

a perceived empty vessel, trapped

and held hostage in an unequal dialogue

with a pedagogue

who suffers no dialogue

outside the book log

austere professional who decants chunks of assured unquestionable knowledge

in unmeasured torrents to be imbibed and returned

 

the death of the imagination in minds once so active

learning to learning suspended, dangling knowledge

with no anchor nor roots

dampening spirits, sad, sore and dour

the emergence of one dimensional thinking

fostered by methods that shackle rather than free the mind

 

and a mind that was once so free to roam

and loved to run, roll and tumble

 now stalls, staggers in tatters, strutless

and a  flicker that was lit at birth,

slowly dims, dims and dies…..

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4 Responses to “Close encounters with education of the bad type”


  1. 1 Susan L Daniels June 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Oh, my, this hits home. I firmly believe most schools here now simply educate to improve test scores–and indeed, rote information is spewed, ingested, and reflexively regurgitated. Is this an education, or simply mental programming? I remember when education represented less of a test score and more of doorway one could enter freely and when one left, it was with certain rote information, true–but also a retained ability to question and think.

    Great poem, Noel, and really like how you ended it.

  2. 2 Noel Ihebuzor June 27, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Thanks, Susan! Some of what is passed off as education actually amounts to homicide of the mind and the spirit!


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