Sometimes you come across a kid
Gangly, long haired and somewhat off kilter
We’ve placed this otherwise normal human
In, what for some, resembles antiquation.
This child, by mid teens is in an adult body
With adult wants and adult games.
They want the supposed freedom of working
Of learning skills that schools simply do not teach.
And yet we legislate
“Stay in school”
“You’re too young”
“You’re too unlearned”
But this then belittles all the others,
Our elders, our parents, our friends,
The ones who left school, yet made it out there.
What would happen if there was another way?
Another style of formal education.
What would happen if these unsuited ones
Could work in a job, and learn just the same.
Would this provide better learning for others?
Would this provide better learning for them?
A horse let to water, will not always drink
The same too of our children, led to formal education.
A child, when given the “right” environment
Will always learn, and yearn to learn.
So is school really the “right” environment
For the ones who would rather be elsewhere?