by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942–Sep 1945

It seems we have a problem
with the chil’lin and school,
they don’t seem to be learnin’
which is against the rules.
We send them off to classes
with every good intent of
having them come home again
with their time well spent.

They don’t seem to know
what they’re there to do,
they’ve not been taught,
they have a different view.
They think playing
is how you learn stuff,
they do a lot of
goofing off,
more than enough.

 In my opinion and
stop me if I’m wrong,
I'm inclined to sing
another kind of song:
Don’t put boys together
with pretty little girls,
their hormones
are raging, their
heads are in a whirl.

Another thing that bugs me,
of which there is contention,
is all the sports that
detract from the 
first intention.
They go to school
to learn how to be
a citizen of worth,
to add to the community,
to expand its girth.

The fact that we’re
behind other nations
in learning is a fact
we cannot abide,
it certainly hurts
our sense of pride
and demotes our
national standing.

So for all my
stringent words,
if we can’t do
some changing
things will go from 
bad to worse
for lack of

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The author: Robert Lin Cook served with Regimental Weapons Co. (2d-2d) from 1942–44, at Guadalcanal and Tarawa during a 33-month overseas tour.

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