Typewriter Rodeo: Standards

Each week, the Standard reaches out to Austin’s Typewriter Rodeo for a custom poem on Texas topics.

By David FruchterMay 3, 2019 1:38 pm,

The Texas Legislature is considering changes to school standards. That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

Standard – for the Standard

they’re bringing back cursive
that’s what i’ve heard

as state testing standards
just get more absurd

new math and readings
at far above grade

it makes us all wonder
how these tests get made

at the direction
of the state school board

can make a kid feel
like they’ve been common cored

every congressperson
riding the wave

of education reform
right to its grave

should spend a whole month
in some real school

to see that they’re real,
no political tool

so let’s pay our teachers
and let them alone

that’s how kids do best
so the studies have shown…


Produced by Laura Rice.

Laura Rice/Texas Standard