(A parade of words and phrases eligible for retirement.)
The old-school teacher had his ways—
With ditto masters and with chalk.
But then came standard testing days—
He got called in to have a talk.
The principal was very clear:
“You must change all of what you do.
You now must test throughout the year—
And scores will help us measure you!”
The teacher said, “You must be mad!
These children are not all alike.
To treat them thus is more than bad.
I think I'm going to take a hike.”
And off he hiked into the gloom
That testing has created here.
For all he saw? Impending doom—
For teachers, kids. He wiped a tear.