In view of the recent school shootings, I feel compelled to share a poem – it is purported to have been written by a 15-year old student, though I can’t find any reliable source to enlighten us on who the author is!
I received it by email (about the topic of public schools) a week before the Parkland school shooting from friends who couldn’t have known about the impending shooting.
Snopes (which, according to Forbes, is one of the worst places to fact check) has discredited the source of the poem, but no matter when the poem was written it’s the words that carry many truths!
Here is exactly what I was sent:
This young man received an A+ for this (TOTALLY AWESOME) entry.
Prayer is not allowed in most U.S. Public schools any more.
A kid in Minnesota wrote the following NEW School Prayer:
A New School Prayer
Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.
If scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.
Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That’s no offense; it’s a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.
For praying in a public hall,
Might offend someone with no faith at all.
In silence alone we must meditate,
God’s name is prohibited by the State.
We’re allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.
They’ve outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.
We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the ‘unwed daddy,’ our Senior King.
It’s ‘inappropriate’ to teach right from wrong.
We’re taught that such ‘judgments’ do not belong.
We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.
It’s scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns, the school’s a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; my soul please take!
This young author speaks with more wisdom than most of those in our legal system and in our government today. In this writing, he is not ranting or raving or spewing out hatred. This sage beyond-his-years author is clearly stating the issues.
“Welcome to a nation that has forsaken the Ten Commandments, lost the fear of God, and has left a generation without moral guidance, where prayer is asked for the victims’ families, but the God to whom we are praying is ignored.” ~Ray Comfort
We are suppose to be a democracy, but unfortunately our rights are being stripped away one by one. The new normal is bad behavior, and good behavior is made to look foolish. What do we expect as an outcome when we remove God from schools?
While a school shooting wasn’t a thing to be considered when we decided to home-educate in 1991, we homeschooled our three through high school. Today our first married son flies Embraer-175s and 737s for a major airline; our second son is an organic farmer, married and just bought their first home; and our daughter married her love in January, and they run a thriving business of 3 home shows a year in the Pacific Northwest.
Was homeschooling hard? I think so.
Did our kids lose out on socialization, fun, skills or opportunities? I think not!
Did homeschooling help them become confident, independent thinkers and contributors to society? Definitely!
I implore you, parents, please consider homeschooling your children!
Is a School Shooting an Increasing Reality?
“For me, home education has been a terrific journey away from static forms of learning, institutional hoops to jump through, forms to please others, and a journey into a magical world of wonder and discovery. Not always relaxing, but certainly an exciting process.” ~Val, California homeschool mom