Primary school: Learning rebellion logically

Child, you can’t talk with your mouth full
You can’t seriously think maths is dull
Child, you can’t listen and talk
You can’t sing and walk 

Child, you can’t fidget in your chair
You can’t leave your coat there
Child, you can’t break a rule
You can’t be late for school 

Child, you can’t pick your nose here
Do you understand, is it clear?
Child, you can’t draw in handwriting class
You can’t go slow if you want to pass 

Child, you can’t run in the corridor
You can’t stand in the middle of the door
Child, you can’t hum in the classroom
You can’t always see doom and gloom 

Child, you can’t be last all the time
You can’t use your mouth to do a mime
Child, you can’t question my reasoning
You can’t have any more seasoning

Child, you can’t hop, skip and jump
You can’t squeak, scrump and pip
Child, you can’t be a super hero
You can’t multiply by zero

Child, you can’t be too loud
You certainly can’t be proud
Child, you can’t be too quiet
You can’t start a riot

Child raises hand and says, “Sir, I can’t do this algebra.”

Teacher sighs heavily, “Child, how many times have I told you, there’s no such thing as can’t.”

Child pondered for a while, then proceeded to: draw in handwriting class, pick her nose, think about her toes, sometimes was too quiet, sometimes was too loud, was last most of the time, used her mouth to do a mime, went slow and still passed and occasionally was too proud.

childhood rebellion, individuality