Johnny (Reach.Then.Teach)

By Derrick Brown (@dbrowndbrown)

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Why oh why can’t Johnny READ?
Probably because the brother’s name is Khalid
Yet the majority of so-called experts agreed
On the cultural ideas they would force-feed

Why oh why can’t Johnny WRITE?
‘Cause instead of him creating he just has to recite
We offer him a perspective that he finds quite trite
Then have the gall to try to label him as “not too bright”

Why oh why can’t Johnny do MATH?
Might it be that he fails to see the relevance of its path
He’ll tell you that he’s tried to get it, but that not yet he hath
Its oddities sometimes confuse and ultimately draw his wrath

Why oh why can’t Johnny LEAD?
‘Cause we’ve instilled in him a false way to succeed
Servitude and loving take back seats to greed
Destiny and purpose are supplanted by need

Why oh why can’t Johnny CREATE?
Perhaps it’s because the boy just can’t relate
To the stark & cold reality that continues to await
Solutions to the problems of our existing state

Why oh why can’t Johnny THINK?
Maybe we’ve not yet shown him the missing link
Between ideas and paper and that pen of ink
That leads the horse to water, and also helps him drink

Copyright © 2015 Derrick Brown. All Rights Reserved.


Originally published at reachthenteach.com on April 24, 2014.

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