"Letter To All Schools"
by Sumeya Aden (Match Public Charter | Jamaica Plain)
Please get it together now,
Open your proverbial eyes, #staywoke
Remember when you taught us about the circles, squares
And the broken volume - I don’t remember seeing my parents using geometry
To pay their taxes, to build their Somali-American dreams
The only volume I want to measure
Is the volume we need to hear, which is student voice.
How does PI give us a choice? How does PI help us
Survive....thee actual reality.
Do you not get it?!....
Once I finish college these
Different formulas aren’t
Going to do anything for me, only
Imprison my astrology!
I don’t understand if school actually helps me
or it’s trying to keep me away from the real world
#please understand we aren’t in a VIRTUAL REALITY
#stop treating me like a child that doesn’t understand heavy topics such as: discrimination or racism!
But you can definitely teach us about classism right? Please open your eyes and # STAY WOKE
#staywoke - why don’t you teach me how to act after my parents let me go independently?!
#I’m not gonna stay home for the rest of my damn life!
When I’m older there’s this thing called trickery, there’s crime
And there’s murder. How do I act when this stuff happens?!
#open your eyes! #stop treating us like children even if I may not handle the truth
The way you have prescribed it!
I need to know. The world is in peril, and while i’m in school learning pointless
Intangible things, Donald Trump is devouring more votes
by the minute. While i’m in school who knows,
who’s gonna to get robbed
who’s gonna get shot!?
While i'm in school, while i'm learning the
education that doesn’t make sense
I could be saving lives by spreading the mantra
I could undo wrongs with my voice.
While i'm in school, i'm missing all of these chances, i'm losing time
learning random samples, random pieces of knowledge
That will get us to college
But won’t be necessary in real life
While i'm in school, OH! THERE GOES 12 years of my life mostly wasted.
Oh there goes all my chances. School interfering with my education
Even Mark Twain would agree !
It isn't too late to #staywoke…