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Open your eyes
Feel the sparkle of a dream escaping them
Sip your coffee
Get your purple on
Carry the books that give you strength

Walk through the halls
Feel the heartbeat of the school growing louder and louder with every step each student takes
Sit through class after class
Listen to teacher after monotonous teacher
Feel the information go in from one ear and out the other
See it fail to transform from information to knowledge, from fact to experience
No teacher, I will not learn
I will not learn until I understand

Take tests in blue and black, never pink
See numbers that possess no real value to you scrawled on a white board
Write structured essays that reach the word count
Analyze text after prize-winning text

But what good is it?
No teacher, I will not learn
I will not learn until I understand
So throw in a pinch of images, pictures
A touch of color
And maybe then, I’ll understand
Maybe then, I’ll learn

Journalist: Karma Abudagga