Liao: Notice how some kids become easily labeled 'problem students'? Tim: More often than not the 'problem' is in the system rather than the student. Satoru: Nearly all systems have self-norming tendencies: there are subtle
mathematical laws at work. Some will pass and others invariably be left behind.
Tim: Too bad – so much human potential is wasted. Liao: Well, isn't the system designed to turn most folks into McDonalized consumers? Tim: Yeah. At that it does a smashing job . . .
Klaus is not like others in class
He knows the answers to questions
but doesn't answer or ask –
Dreamily he often gaze out windows
and smiles at passing clouds
And why is Klaus
constantly writing in a language
encrypted with shrouds?
When talking of democracy
this kid gets peeved
When modern history is discussed
he's invariably high-keyed
Recently when asked about his career plans
he replied with vigor
"An eco-terrorist sounds grand!"
Though outwardly polite
I sense a palatable anger inside
Is it because Klaus lives in an urban cage?
Or his single mother toils at minimum wage?
Or his family is from a war-torn place?
Or are the medications he takes influencing his brain?
What should I do with students like Klaus?
Should I pretend everything will work out?