School GhostsMany schools are ghost-ridden
& full of muffled screams.
In their barren walls you'll find
teachers staring into space blankly.
With sarcasm some inquire,
"Will form of torture do you need?"
Others whisper disjointedly,
"Things are rarely as they seem."
Sauntering across musty corridors
shadows of student-ghosts fade
in-and-out of walls.
Looking at them, I wonder
"Why are schools so haunted?" &
"What turns people into auric balls?"
Must living inquiry fossilize so easily?
Why do schools become
graveyards in academic guise?
Melissa: This talk is morbid. Satoru: Well, it's amazing how intellectually dead some schools are. Tim: Isn't that what authorities want? Satoru: I'm not sure . . . but without curiosity and a willingness to challenge old beliefs, both people and institutions fossilize. Melissa: Fossilized thoughts – isn't that the stuff of civilization? Liao: It seems there's an optimum balance between open awareness and pre-programmed belief . . . it may be inefficient to question everything, but if we rely too much pre-programmed information we're not so different from reptiles. Tim: Perhaps, but most schools program kids for passivity. In the long run, that's not merely ghastly – it's ghostly.