Food for Thought - a pictoral poem by T Newfields

Satoru: If schools were restaurants, wouldn't most be out of business?
Liao: (shrugging his shoulders) I guess students – and parents – need to be more selective consumers and insist on better quality control.
Melissa: (nodding enthusiastically) The voices of students are seldom heard. Wouldn't you say most curricular-menu changes are cosmetic?
Tim: (yawning for a dramatic pause, then pretending to be serious) Yeah. Don't most schools turn students into Mickey-Mouse consumers?
Liao: (gesturing in disagreement) Schools are only partly to blame. The mass media and home environment do a skillful job of making people dumber than they should be.
Satoru: In cynical moments, I wonder if that's merely an accident. . .