Poem: We’re Not The Same

by Stephanie Johnson
10th grade, Linblom Math and Science Academy

They try to fit us into the mold of the perfect student.
They try to create the leaders we already have in the new
generation. But don’t they see they aren’t working with the
generations now? We’re not the same.

They base things off of a number on a test that is clearly
objective. They put us into sections that has nothing
to do with the type of person we are. They try to create the
same people our parents are by enforcing the same rules.

The system is like a faulty pipe. They leak problems until it just
explodes causing everything to drown in debt and misled kids.
Yes this is saying that there are no such thing as
bad kids only kids that don’t know any better that legitimately
show that we aren’t the same.

The system – the education head – says one curriculum
for all students even the students that have learning
disabilities. But we aren’t the same.


Poem: Success

by Ali Ebraheemi and Christopher Salvey, 8th grade, Sayre Elementary Language Academy



To be put on a test

To try your best

Your mind is a mess

You feel the stress

But you can’t give up yet


To reach the sky

You gotta try

So work hard, and you won’t be denied

That is a sign that you are one of a kind.


People are after you

They might try to stop you

They might try to fight you

But jealousy in the air

And that will ignite you.


Poem: The Cause of Our Stress

by Zion Trinidad, 7th grade, Sayre Elementary Language Academy



Test after test

It’s not really the best

It causes too much stress

When can we rest?

But that is what CPS wants, right?

They want the best

But how will we become the best with all these tests?

Too much stress

We need a rest

This stuff takes a toll on our young minds

Are they blind?

They are breaking our body and soul

We can’t take no mo’