Some Thoughts on the American School System


“Well now, my dear,” the teacher sighed,
“what do you wish to do with your life?”
“I’d like to hold a star in my hands,
And have a picnic on the moon,
And lunch with dodo birds on Mars,
And touch the life of someone far,
And travel to the Arctic blue,
And have a secret garden fair,
And snorkel with the Elven King,
And drive a yellow blue-striped car,
And listen to the fairies sing,
And make friends with a firefly,
And live till I’m ten-hundred-nine,
And let my memory never die.”
“That’s nice, my dear,” the teacher said.
“But why not normal goals instead?”
“But teacher dear,” was my reply,
“Who wants to say they did that with their life?”



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When I can't explain the thoughts in my head,
I give up the voice and pick up the pen.

Namarië,
Ellie

30 comments:

  1. Ahhh I love this so much. I can't tell you how much I relate to this. Everyone is always like, "grow up, get married, have kids, grow old," and I would give anything to AVOID that. I want magic and adventure and lots and lots of books. ❤

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    1. Thank you so much!
      MAGIC yessss.

      - Ellie

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  2. That is absolutely, beautifully true. Thank you. :)

    ~Mary Hannah

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  3. Ellie, this is beautiful! I really like the way you laid it out.

    Bridgette| A Bit of This and That

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  4. Agh, this was so so pretty! I absolutely loved it. :)
    ~ Suzy | Craftz'n'Craziness, Lookin' Good Designs

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  5. Really well written!!
    I'm studying to be a High School English, History and Drama teacher and I think my main goal is to encourage creativity, encourage spontaneity and individuality for the individual to fly. :D
    sorry I went all teacherish on you :)

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    1. Thank you!
      Ah, no problem! I think that sounds like a really enjoyable class :)

      - Ellie

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  6. I am in love with this! It is so so beautiful! To amazing goals!

    Nabila // Hot Town Cool Girl

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  7. This is amazing! When you see a title like "Some thoughts on.. (enter thing here)" you're kind of expecting a rant of some sort, or just some fun rambling. But wow, you've said so much in just a few well-placed sentences. Bravo. :) Couldn't love that line more -

    “But teacher dear ... Who wants to say they did that with their life?”

    Schools try to encourage creativity, individuality, outside-the-box thinking.. But dammit, they don't do it right. Then you got this, what you wrote about lol.

    Really, really well done, Ellie.

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    1. Thank you so much!
      I agree! It seems like their techniques are only geared towards one type of student instead of all of them.

      - Ellie

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  8. Amazingly written. <3 People believe there is only one way to live a happy life, but there are tons of ways; we go on our own paths searching for them. Never stop listening to the singing fairies! :D

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    1. Thank you so much!
      I agree, and that's definitely something schools need to recognize.

      - Ellie

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  9. This is so amazing. Mind if I print this and pin it to my bedroom wall for inspiration?

    x Envy
    Lost in Translation

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    1. Thank you! Aghhh, I'd be honored!

      - Ellie

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  10. I can't explain how much I love this, Ellie! It's so perfect and beautiful! And I love your blog as well. :)

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  11. YOUR GOALS ARE THE MOST AMAZING. And clearly the best goals anyone could have. :') Who wants to be normal? Pfffffft. Sounds entirely boring and tedious. BE MAGICAL.

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    1. WELL I MEAN OBVIOUSLY. Thank you!

      - Ellie

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  12. So, uh, it'd be great if every teacher read this and umm, that'd be great. Thank you.
    Haha, I really like this Ellie <3

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      - Ellie

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  13. Haha!!! Love this! Brilliant and inspired! Why must we do what is normal? whether learning what is "supposed" to be learned, finding a "career", leading the life schedule set by the world - who says that is for everyone, for us?

    www.keturahskorner.blogspot.com

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