BP: Haiku Dialogue: School Days

This week The Haiku Foundation’s Haiku Dialogue column was on the theme of school days. Tia Haynes, who is editing the column now, chose one of this pedometer geek’s haiku. It is as follows:

long division

the race to be


~Nancy Brady, 2020

In third grade, our class had a teacher who pushed math. Our class was doing math that was well beyond grade level, and she would often have students at the blackboard solving problems. The last one to complete the problem she ridiculed so that everyone hurried to finish ahead of the rest. No one wanted to be last. Only in hindsight did this student realize that our teacher was abusive.

Read all the haiku on school days at http://www.thehaikufoundation.org. Something will resonate with everyone who has ever attended school.

About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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5 Responses to BP: Haiku Dialogue: School Days

  1. Jules says:

    I like encouraging teachers… those early bullies seemed to be the ones to get job security…

    (Stay safe. Oh, we did have to go ‘on line’ for ‘the questions…’ -Took a few times to get by the ones we didn’t want to answer. But pretty much all we answered was names and address. The original census was for political voting. It has gotten out of hand with some of the more unnecessary questions.)

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    • As a general rule, I loved my teachers and tried to excel. This particular one was difficult to please, and in hindsight, I have also found that most of my class were as terrified of her as I was. On the other hand, most of my school days were wonderful.

      Yes, I didn’t really appreciate all the invasive nature of some of the questions, and I do think that there was an agenda connected to them. The reason for the census is as you say, but over time, there has been a shift.

      Stay safe; stay healthy. ~nan

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      • Jules says:

        We got a reminder to go online since we hadn’t done the Census right away. With the ‘threat’ that they’d send a paper one. I would have preferred the paper one then I could have left a comment or two. They may still call us since we didn’t really fill out anything on the online document. But if they go through their records they will see we have been ‘malcontents’ and may just leave us alone.

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  2. Wonderful, Nan…the “race to be first.” I can see the division in action!

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