Young Colin was born very clever,
Yes, Colin was born very smart,
But although Colin was really clever,
He just couldn’t master the art …
Of writing the alphabet letters,
In other than mirrored reverse,
And his teachers attempted to force him,
By making him drill and rehearse …
But Colin just kept on with writing,
Those letters in form so awry,
That they said he had trouble with learning,
And caused Colin’s mother to cry …
She’d known from the time he was little,
So small he could only just crawl,
That her Colin was profoundly gifted,
He had no trouble learning at all.
Then pondering, reading and learning,
From every source she could clutch,
She removed him from school and from teachers,
And under her kind, gentle touch …
Young Colin was not made to practise,
Indeed he did not even scribe,
And she offered him nothing of forcing,
Or coaxing or orders or bribes.
Instead he was given resources,
Like T.V., computers and art,
And small batteries, wires, pens and paper,
And love from a mother’s warm heart.
As Colin grew older and bigger,
His skills and his knowledge just grew,
He became a great whiz with computers,
And neatness when writing bloomed too.
But Colin would never love writing,
So profound were the lessons at school,
Taught by ‘qualified’ teachers of children,
Who’d taught him that he was a fool.
Copyright SCHOOL MANIA – Adele Carrall – 2000.
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