This poem is about the archaic school system that prevailed in India when I was growing up, where learning was tantamount to committing facts to memory and reproducing them during exams.
Lackadaisical in their attitude
Shuffling steps dragging their weight
No inclination to show their aptitude
They go through class in a stuporous state
Expected to learn things abstract
To memorize pages from textbooks insipid
Then regurgitate verbatim every obscure fact
During examinations, so they are not labeled stupid
No wonder they have no enthusiasm
School is nothing but a heavy burden
There is such a deep and wide chasm
Between what is taught and what is relevant
To preparing children for the real world
Teaching them to think, deduce and act
Teaching them tips and tricks for survival
In this competitive world, not teach them just facts..
Let their active imagination soar
Develop the spirit of scientific inquiry
School would not be such a huge bore
For learning, they would develop a passion fiery.