Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Karl Marx talks in my sleep


I understand learning to read and write
addition and subtraction
but the ABCs?
the order of letters?

Have we all been
groomed for file clerks
since kindergarten?

3 comments:

Dorkmaster Flek said...

I hate to rain on your parade, but knowing the order of letters is useful for more than just filing things. Example: I have a list of countries and I need to select Canada. Assuming the list of countries is sorted alphabetically (which it logically should be), I know exactly where to go to find it because I know my ABCs. But I get your point, and it's still a nice poem. :)

Adelaide said...

Yes, yes, I realize that. Nerdo.

Alexander James said...

There's a school of thought that would agree with you -- if you look at the trend and pattern of education in the Western world, we're essentially keeping children in an educational gulag until they reach the age of majority, at which point we release them into the world with almost no applicable skills at all. Seriously -- the ABCs might be important, but how many of us remember the Quadratic Equation or the exact date of the Riel Rebellion? Raise your hands. It's okay; I'll wait.

Exactly my point. But then, you've read your Daniel Quinn...you know what I'm talking about.