Can school be compared to church on Sunday?
Congregated speech for at least an hour before Monday.
Can school be compared to a boat?
"All aboard" the captain yells before setting sail.
Can school be compared to a game of baseball?
Station to station, make a catch, throw it out, past time of our nation.
Can school be compared to a gossip magazine?
Kardashians, Brad/Angeline, attention at times for all the wrong things.
Can school be compared to an Oligopy?
Go ahead and Google it, I did, to see what it means.
Can school be compared to a mall?
Lots of choices, lots of doors, one stop for all.
Can school be compared to a motor?
Moving parts, pistons, add some fuel
Can school be compared to a game of chess?
Move your piece, strategy, just don't end with less
Can school be compared to all of those in a way?
Can you compare school to anything any day?
School is one thing we all know, except for those that stayed home.
Something we all know, no matter how we have grown
Something we all share, but only a few continue
With the work that means so much to me and all of you.
This is the part of this comparisons that makes it tough.
It is not the same as anything else, comparing is not enough.
It is a feel, a temperature, a culture, a living organism.
Our most prized commodity, living breathing children.
As I hear more and more about what we should
And what we should not do
As I hear more and more about you messing with me
We uplift with you
As I hear more and more about how we can not
And yet we will
As I hear more and more about too much, too tired
And yet realize it is how we are wired
We are not normal those that work in schools
We want to always do our best regardless of tools
Give us what you got, we will find a spot
We do not shy away from what the negative say
We are rare, not like a steak or a coin
We are rare in the fact that we want you to join
We want students, parents, naysayers, policy makers
We want them all
Because at the end, our biggest fear is the same as yours
We don't want any of them to fall
This is why comparison is not fair to anything else.
There are losses everywhere, but our losses are felt.
Our losses are felt and real consequences I fear
That is the weight and responsibility we carry near
To all my educators, all my parents, all my community and all "our kids".