If I were to ask you about your education what would you say?
I went to uni?
I finished year 10?
I went to college?
How many numbers have been assigned to you.
Student Number 738642
Third in the class.
Did you pass?
An illusionary number line
used to define
Statistical analysis of whether you are good enough.
Education has more value than numbers
You are not a score on a score sheet
Or a cloned, branded and identified sheep.
You are you are you are you
Defined by more lessons than we can count.
Numbers fail to express what it means to see a person undressed.
What will happen if you lose a lover
Or kill one another?
We reach for uniformity, to get us all in a uniform
Wearing this bland dress called norm.
If I were to tell you, you knew more than you knew
Could you call me a teacher
Or can we think of something new?
Words by Jack McEntee