The Average Child by Mike Buscemi

I don’t cause teachers trouble;
My grades have been okay.
I listen in my classes.
I’m in school every day.

My teachers think I’m average;
My parents think so too.
I wish I didn’t know that, though;
There’s lots I’d like to do.

I’d like to build a rocket;
I read a book on how.
Or start a stamp collection…
But no use trying now.

’Cause, since I found I’m average,
I’m smart enough you see
To know there’s nothing special
I should expect of me.

I’m part of that majority,
That hump part of the bell,
Who spends his life unnoticed
In an average kind of hell.

Mike Buscemi

About Russell Boyle

Russell Boyle is a mathematics teacher, writer, and poet. His poetry anthologies are titled The Beginning, Footprints and Loneliness. Russell is the author of the Year 7 to 8 Mathematics Short-Answer Tasks, the Year 7 to 10 Mathematics Multiple-Choice Tasks, the Year 9 to 10 Extended-Response Tasks, the solutions to the Year 12 VCAA Mathematics Exams and the Web-Programming For Beginners series of courses. Sample poems and questions may be downloaded from
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6 Responses to The Average Child by Mike Buscemi

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  3. caroness1 says:

    Thanks for sharing this with us. What a powerful attack on the educational system. How so many children are disenfranchised because their teachers are disinterested…

  4. russellboyle says:

    I think we too often focus on education trends and fashions, many of which cannot be validated by research data. We need to concentrate more on the knowledge and skill of the person at the front of the room and on their passion and ability to share with and transfer to those in front of them. Thank you for your comment. I’ll leave you with this short poem:

  5. This is powerful. I have written indictments of the educational system, but this is one of the best I have read.

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