Editor’s note: Jane Hayes, of Watchdogs for Ethics in Education (WEE) and Rockford Educators Advocating Civil Treatment (REACT), planned to present the following poem at the Aug. 12 Rockford Board of Education meeting. The school board was to vote on a 10-year, $250 million facilities plan at the Aug. 12 meeting. The facilities plan calls for two new schools, 13 additions, and the closing of eight schools — Cherry Valley Elementary, Dennis Early Childhood Center, King Elementary, Kishwaukee Elementary, Nelson Elementary, Thompson Elementary, Walker Elementary and White Swan Elementary. Results of the board vote were not available at press time.
Bricks & Mortar
(Tribute to all the Minds Left Behind at
Rockford School District 205)
Bricks and mortar, sticks and stones
Can never replace a school or a home!
Constructing buildings with phony façades
When human constructs are so flawed
Excess spending, misled, unchecked
Staff and students lost, no more to connect
Educators know the pain of no relief
Because of all your erroneous beliefs
Bigger is better in buildings, classes too
So public education is what you undo
Is there no future for wisdom or intellect?
Is Rockford a true human disconnect?
For all the buildings you plan to raze
WEE believe your decisions are crazed
For all the buildings you plan to build
How many minds have you unfulfilled?
Human connections are left behind
Because of decisions, so bleak, so blind.
Rewarding nepotism with monetary gain
Principles abandoned, for this we disdain
Padding pockets with business greed
For this, our students have unmet needs?
Chicanery, unanswered legal requests
Our purpose clearer, WEE must protest.
For all the students you fail to educate
For all the staff you do berate
Next, we, the taxpayers, must choose
Leaders with more humanistic views
Bricks and mortar, sticks and stones,
Will ethics ever be what you hone?
From the Aug. 13-19, 2014, issue