Teaching Tips Poem: Education A La Carte

I wrote this one day when I was seeing too many specialists and not enough “real people” in a child’s school atmosphere. Such moments of frustration and discouragement motivated extra efforts on my part.

I’m tired of serving education a la carte!

I’m weary and sometimes sick at heart.

I want to teach the whole child, not just a part.

To be real in their world and give them a true start.


I don’t mean to be disloyal,

But my soul begins to boil

Every time I see a kid left out,

Or teachers gripe and shout.


While trying hard to live with the system and teach.

Missing the point that relationship is what trains each

to respect,

to grow,

to share.

To be real,

to feel,

to care.


And isn’t that why schools were first started?

Or have we since then from that parted?


Copyright by Hildra Tague. Obtain permission for use online or in print.



About grantutor

Career educator in both public and private schools. Has tutored all ages. Writes about education, parenting, & seniors. Sings harmony with folk/rock group and a choir. Caregiver for spouse who dealt with Stage IV cancer. Happy person committed to nature and conservation of a green world.
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