Learning in school

This poem is about the archaic school system that prevailed in India when I was growing up, where learning was tantamount to committing facts to memory and reproducing them during exams.

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Lackadaisical in their attitude

Shuffling steps dragging their weight

No inclination to show their aptitude

They go through class in a stuporous state

Expected to learn things abstract

To memorize pages from textbooks insipid

Then regurgitate verbatim every obscure fact

During examinations, so they are not labeled stupid

No wonder they have no enthusiasm

School is nothing but a heavy burden

There is such a deep and wide chasm

Between what is taught and what is relevant

To preparing children for the real world

Teaching them to think, deduce and act

Teaching them tips and tricks for survival

In this competitive world, not teach them just facts..

Let their active imagination soar

Develop the spirit of scientific inquiry

School would  not be such a huge bore

For learning, they would develop a passion fiery.

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