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Education - A poem by Matt Windle

Matt Windle was the Young Poet Laureate for Birmingham 2007-2008

Matt wrote Education for the Birmingham Academies launch on 13 December 2007 at The Mailbox. The event was attended by schools representatives and sponsors plus Lord Andrew Adonis, Mike Whitby (leader of Birmingham City Council) and Cllr Les Lawrence.


What do we think when we talk about education?
We think about building platforms and making a step for the next generation.
As a kid we don't always see this and we just think school is boring
And by the time you've left you realise it's more important,
It's not the thing you should have been ignoring
You should have been storing.
Knowledge, making plans for the future
Not just turning up then bunking off any time that it suits ya
How would we know about anything if we didn't bother to learn?
You have to take the chance while it's here because once it's gone you can't return
You can't adjourn half way through your life and go back to square one.
With out knowledge in your life how else would you get on what planet are you on?
If you think it's all so simple that you don't even have to try
There are plenty of reasons why education's important in your life,
Whatever path you decide to go down
No now that you need to knuckle down and become the best that you can be
Everybody should want to do something with their life not just sit around and watch T.V.
If school's where you're meant to be then you really must attend
You could do home learning, but then how would you make friends?
You wouldn't know how to act when other people are around
See life's just one big circle that keeps on going round.
If you don't know where you've been how can you know where you're going
You're learning all your life, just try hard at school there's no point throwing
It all away and if there's one thing you must have, if you really want to Succeed
That thing up here in your head, a brain is what you need.

© Matt Windle

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