Thursday, June 23, 2011

Johnny can't read

Tell me what it means
To leave no child behind?  It seems
A problem for Johnny cannot
Read a book he's never seen.

He's a bright young guy
With a mind so fly
He memorizes all the words
Ever heard read aloud to him.

When reading's this hard
Life can be rough
In the schoolyard.

Friday Flash 55 for Gman


  1. This is a sharp little poem. Nice work!
    There is a simple code for the link thing. Email me at and I'll send it to you. If I try to paste it here, it will create a live link and that won't help you.

  2. this is a tough one...reading is such a pleasure to not be able to...and have no one recognize it...terrible...he really should have the help he needs...

    i am back. smiles.

  3. I just Love social commentary 55's Happy Girl.
    Yours ROCKED!!
    I absolutely agree with you on this.
    I hope you found this to be creative, challenging, and fun!!
    Thanks for playing, join us again next week,
    and have a Kick Ass Week-End

  4. Link text     If you insert your blog POST URL between the " " and leave the spaces and everything like I typed them, you are as good as gold.   It took me a few times before I was mistake free.  

    No Child Left Behind is impossible.  Of course some will be.  And some are hurt because they have to WAIT for the slower ones.   It is tough either way!

  5. Life's tough for some kids in the schoolyard.  Indeed. 

  6. I still haven't figured out this no child left behind business.  They still flunk the kids, only they can't seem to find a word for it.

  7. Aww.. that's sad... I wish I could help him read... No KID should ever be left behind... not for reading.. please!! 

  8. It's an awful policy.  Kids, who really don't know any better at that age, can be cruel.  And the teachers, though they may be understanding and sympathetic, are already taxed enough and may not necessarily be trained to help kids like Johnny.  We've got to find a way to not leave these intelligent kids behind.

  9. Don't teach...just keep them moving up. so wrong.

  10. insightful and brilliant.

    fabulous poetry.

  11. Yes, it can be, and it is so wrong to do that. Teaching is what is needed, not going up. If taught right, the moving up will continue on its own right?

  12. Is this about your son?  Do you ever post about him?  I'd love to know more about him.

  13.  Yes, this is about my son.  I don't post about him often because he doesn't want me to.  I respect his wishes.  Please feel free to email me anytime.  I'm looking for support on the blogs and autism sites.  It's helping me feel more positive about his future.


Comments from my readers bring sunshine to my day. They make me so happy.