Hard-headed: word of the day challenge

Written for Word of the Day Challenge: https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2020/05/04/hard-headed/

My kid

If I tell you where to go 
and you tell me “I said no” 
then I’d think that you’ll be 
just as hard-headed as me. 

I know where I should go 
I know what I should do 
I know when to do things 
I know how to do everything 


If I tell you what to do 
and you tell me “I have the flu” 
then I’d know that you are fake.
Are you the kid that I did make? 

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Education: Fowc with fandango

written for Fandango: https://fivedotoh.com/2020/05/04/fowc-with-fandango-education/

My view of education in the Us


As an educator I have a mixed view of public education in the United States. I think there are many great schools and there are some fantastic educators, but I see a problem, as do many educators like myself. Now all of these things are all my opinion and there will be many contradictions and arguments that what I am saying is accurate. That is fine, I am not claiming to have done studies on this.  

Great things about education in the US:  

  • High expectations in many schools 
  • Funding in non-poverty areas 
  • Building new facilities 
  • STEM education 
  • Free education for all 

My list of things I think are on the poor side is a bit longer and I am stating that this is all my opinion and does not represent any specific school, district, or state.  

  • Problems with learning are not identified early enough in the primary grades 
  • Economic discrepancies determine the quality of education in many areas 
  • We are not sufficiently globally competitive 
  • Technology is too distracting, rather than helpful 
  • Administrators are not in a position to make necessary changes, based on what their teachers are saying, because of the bureaucracy of school systems. 
  • Schooling still relies on familial involvement, however, with the breakdown of traditional families, there is not always support available for children outside of the school.  
  • Children don’t value education and view themselves as lucky to have a free education. 

I do believe there are many qualities of our educational system that are great. There are some great teachers who really care about the kids. There are schools that are able to provide everything kids need to learn. The biggest problem is that the US cannot say that their schools are even slightly, consistently equal across the country.  

Do I have a solution? No. I don’t know if there is a solution. The issues are so big and there are so many players. What do you think? How is it in your country?