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A teacher wearing a mortarboard points at a white board with the message RESPECT MUST BE EARNED! written on it.

My class is the worst
Every year it’s the same
The naughtiest brats
roaming wild and untamed

If I scream, “Sit down!”
they start climbing the walls
If I shout, “Shut up!”
they bombard me with bawls

And then they dare moan
when I cancel P.E
I growl, “Who’s to blame!!!?”
and they all glare at me

I don’t read their work
as I know they all cheat
I just give a tick
if the handwriting’s neat

Their painting’s so bad
just to view it’s unwise
You’d be better off
squashing bees in your eyes

They whine, “You don’t listen.”
But what they don’t see
Is why should I try?
They don’t listen to me

I'm blaming YouTube
and the parents and Head
Stop giving them chances
Exclude them instead

I blame Coca Cola
and video games
That awful new boy
I’ve forgotten his name

I blame Mr. Cloud
their soft teacher last year
who made learning fun -
“Don’t give up! Persevere!”

I’ve told them it’s fine
to be stupid or plain
But then they just start
being naughty again

Why are they so rude?
And why haven’t they learned -
Respect is not given
unless it is earned!

©2012 Mark Bird

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