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"Our schools are, in a sense, factories, in which the raw products (children) are to be shaped and fashioned into products to meet the various demands of life. The specifications for manufacturing come from the demands of twentieth-century civilization, and it is the business of the school to build its pupils according to the specifications laid down." - Ellwood P. Cubberley, Dean of the Stanford University School of Education

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This is a poem I wrote about my school.

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There used to be respect here
when it wasn't in demand
excellence in atmosphere
kindness all around
but advertising those facts
wouldn't work in this town

emphasizing other things
removing many choices
one by one they disappear
silencing our voices

you protect yourself from open minds
as you shrug the blame away
took a chance with one of a kind
and then lied to save your name

you started by ignoring
and slowly grew to greed
now all the good has fallen
because of one bad seed.

Written by:
27 December 2000

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