There’s a subject that’s been raised again
And a decision has been made.
We’ve had our meetings at the school
And talked a lot and prayed.
The problem, as I think you know,
Is getting kids in school
And the Government’s now telling us
That forcing them is cruel.
The cane, which we remember well -
Which often would appear -
Has been abandoned long ago:
It causes children fear.
Coaxing them just hasn’t worked.
Exams? – Well, say no more!
We’ve exhausted every avenue
To get them through our door.
We’ve tried to cut their working day
And homework? Now there’s none!
The problem is they say they’re bored
Before their day’s begun.
There’s only one thing left to do
To coax them out of bed:
You send your children out to work
And we’ll teach you instead!
* This poem was published in 2010 in Josie's Poems "The Anthology" - AMS Educational.