It Takes Three-Thirds

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Image by Andy Genders via Flickr

“My son
failed because of you,”

I heard an irate parent say,

Her mind was
set, the blame was met,

She had an
excuse to end the day,


I could have
argued till my face was blue,

But words
had no chance to sway,

“Would you
mind if I showed you,

A way through

How your
son could always get through?”


“Is this a
trick you’re pulling on me,

Or is this math
way really true?”


“Oh, it’s
true indeed, and something more,

It’ll show
the importance of your child and you,”


“Okay, I’m
listening, so make it fast,”


“You’re the
parent and you’re in charge,

influence over your child is vast,

So you’re
assigned one-third of the task,

discipline and love is designed to last,”


“Now the
teacher assumes the role,

Of creating
a world away from home,

The teacher will
do his best to reach the goal,

another one-third that will be done,

Add those
together and your battle’s won,”


“Two-thirds is
a passing grade,

Yet there’s
a part missing and this is the test,

Your child
must face the world at his best,

He may never
make it if he just skims by,

He’ll have
trouble leaving the ground,

And he’ll
never really learn to fly,”


one-third is even more important,

For the
first two-thirds are building blocks,

He’ll need
to stand on those to reach the sky,

But he’ll
never be a bright star,

If he
chooses not to try,”


“Your part really
began long ago,

When you
planted the seeds,

For him to bloom
and grow,”


brings answers to hopes and schemes,

If he’s
willing to work to achieve his dreams,

He has to
choose whether to sink or swim,

And it’s
time for us to be firm and for him to dig in,”


“The common goal
is well within sight,

opportunity is knocking on the door,

Remember how
important it is to do things right,

It takes parents, teachers, and student,


To let this
success story take flight,”


She squinted
her eyes and stared at me,

Her face
released the frown,

She said to
her son, “He’s right, you know,

So Johnny
don’t let us down,”


He excelled
at sports, his grades improved,

He worked as
hard as he could,

And sure
enough he found success,

Doing what
he should,


His mom told
others about the math,

And how it
shaped his goal,

one-third, and one-third,

Made a student
completely whole.




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