Flowers are Red

With School starting in just a week and a half there has been a lot of talk between moms about which teacher they would like for their child and why. “I want a teacher who…” is heard everywhere. Yes, the class rosters were posted today. Run, do not walk to your local Oxford school and see where your child was placed.

A friend and I were having a conversation about teachers the other day and this post I found on a fellow KM teacher’s blog reminded me of that conversation. Lara, this one’s for you!

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Harry Chapin wrote a song that every teacher should hear and ponder its meaning ~ FLOWERS ARE RED. It deals with how teachers can stifle a child’s creativity by “dictating” what “should” be done. In the song, a small boy wants to paint a picture using “all the colors of the rainbow.” The teacher reminds him that “Flowers are red, green leaves are green. There’s no need to see flowers any other way than the way they always have been seen.” After being nagged by the teacher repeatedly and being put in the corner for “not conforming,” the little boy finally succumbs to what the teacher wants him to be. What a tragedy! Thankfully, the little boy moves to a different school where the teacher encourages “creativity,” but; alas, by now the little boy can only see things “one way.”

Thanks Sharon for finding this one!

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