Sunday, 29 January 2012

The Impossible Dream: A teacher interprets

To dream the impossible dream (teaching without all the hassle, stress and neverending marking)
To fight the unbeatable foe (Gove)
To bear with unbearable sorrow (Ofsted)
To run where the brave dare not go (9B's class on a wet, Friday afternoon)

To right the unrightable wrong (correcting 9Bs work)
To love pure and chaste from afar (Miss B, French)
To try when your arms are too weary (from carrying all the marking home)
To reach the unreachable star (or target as it is known)

This is my quest (well my job, really)
To follow that star (A*)
No matter how hopeless (it is FFT D)
No matter how far (value-added must be Sig+)

To fight for the right (answers in an exam)
Without question or pause (Well, lots of questions and pauses - wait time - actually)
To be willing to march into hell (INSET Day)
For a heavenly cause (Identifying C/D borderline students)

And the world will be better for this (intervention programme)
That one man scorned and covered with scars (hopefully only psychological)
Once strove with his last ounce of courage (and a cup of coffee from the staffroom)
To reach the unreachable star (that new floor target)

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