I tell my students to speak boldly, and they do. Thank you Corinne for letting me share your poem.
Treated As One
1.5, 2.9, 3.4, 4.0
Grade point averages
They define who we are.
People walk around school saying
“I got an A”-4.0
“I have a learning disability”-1.5
“I don’t understand”-2.9
“I’m not good enough”-3.4
People always say “Everyone is different”
Well if everyone is different why do we ALL
have to take the same test?
Why do we have one grading system
for six schools with hundreds of kids.
I know life isn’t always fair but school should be.
Because school is where you practice
It’s where you practice what you’ll later need.
Why is a group of different people
taught in one way?
A way where half of the kids don’t understand,
and then the teachers have to say to their parents
“They don’t put in enough effort”
When maybe they think in a different way
I speak for my dyslexic sister
who has to get tutored two times a week
She has told me many times
“I don’t understand”
It’s such a sad thing to see a brilliant mind get
shut away because of what the other kids will say
She once had a teacher that said
she used the word dyslexic as an excuse
to get out of reading
When she hadn’t even read the papers that diagnose her.
My sister is one out of thousands
who don’t get treated fair,
We all just have to live with being
treated as one
All though we are more.