Poetry in Schools
Those of us of a certain age were brought up with poems as part of our education and odd snippets resonate time and time again on our primrose path through life. But it seems not to be the case anymore as official teaching of poetry has fallen through the gap of either being presented as museum pieces or being teacher approve "relevant", the sure sign of a crap poem.
Joseph T. Thomas writes
This certainly is the case with official school poetry for children. Of course, this mode of poetry will always have a place in the classroom, where adults often have good reasons for teaching what they teach — but ..the poetry emerging from the cultures of childhood is too often overlooked... This poetry is "turned down" and "voiced over" by official school poetry and the critical conversation surrounding it, and it does in fact exist as pragmata of the child's daily life, as a body of work that children use and manipulate generally without adult intervention, "explanation," or "reassuring placement." This poetry is the poetry of the playground.
As its production is not monitored by authority figures, poetry of the playground is often vulgar, violent, and, I might add, uproariously funny: it embodies "the renegade tendencies of [. . .] the unconscious, and the child"
Tic Tac Toe
Granny on the Loo
Did a Fart
Did a Poo
It won't be YOU
as my children chant. And yet they remember not a word of officially approved poems...