The Billionaire’s Burden By SomeDam Poet

“The Billionaire’s Burden” (based on “The White Man’s Burden”, by Rudyard Kipling”)

Take up the Billionaire’s burden,
Send forth the tests ye breed
Go bind your schools to test style,
To serve his market’s need;
The weight of heavy VAMness,
On captive folk and mild—
Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
Half teacher and half child.
Take up the Billionaire’s burden,
In patience to abide,
To veil the scheme for teach-bots,
The prime intent to hide;
With coded speech of Orwell,
You really must take pains
To make a hefty profit,
And see the major gains.
Take up the Billionaire’s burden,
The public schools to fleece—
Fill full the days with testing
And Common Core disease;
And when your goal is nearest
The end that you have sought,
Destroy the Opt-out movement
Lest work be all for naught.
Take up the Billionaire’s burden,
A tawdry rule of Kings,
The toil of IT keeper,
The sale of software things.
The data ye shall enter,
On privacy to tread,
To make a “decent” living,
Until they all are dead.
Take up the Billionaire’s burden
And reap his old reward:
The blame of those ye better,
The hate of those ye guard—
The cry of hosts ye humour
(Ah, slowly!) toward the light:—
“Why brought he us from bondage,
From stupid blissful night?”
Take up the Billionaire’s burden,
Ye dare not stoop to less—
So fulminate ‘gainst Apple
To cloak your Siri-ness;
And strategize in whispers,
For all ye leave or do,
Or silent, sullen peoples
Shall weigh Diane on you!
Take up the Billionaire’s burden,
Have done with childish ways—
The Kindergarten playing,
The test-less former days
Come now, to join Reform-hood,
The pride of Duncan years
Cold, edged with Gates-bought wisdom,
The plan of Billionaires!

“Pattern for Success”

Gates dropped out
Which bred success
Little doubt
That dropout’s best
Design a test
That none can pass
And Gates’ success
Is theirs at last!

“Who voted for that?”

Who voted for Walton?
Who voted for Gates?
Who voted for Galt
an Ayn Randian fates?
Who voted for testing?
Who voted for tools?
Who voted for nesting
The charters in schools?
Who voted for Duncan?
Who voted for Eva?
Who voted for Coleman?
And Campbell, the diva?
Who voted for billions
For testing online?
Who voted for millions
Of children in line?
Who voted for Races
And waivers and none?
And judges and cases
That nonsense has won?
Who voted for Kings
And for all the Court fools?
Who voted for things
That are wrecking our schools?
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