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He’s alone in his thoughts as he sits in class. His mind too full of wonder to focus on the task. “Wake up, says his teacher, you’ve got work to do.” “Science and math and a test or two.” But he never hears a word she says. He is lost deep in the fantasy inside his head. He dreams of a world far away Where he can laugh and play. Where girls and boys Can have all the candy and toys. Where dragons can fly And castles soar into the sky. Where monsters roar And eagles soar. Where there are no rules And never a day of school. That is where his mind is at, All day, in that chair he sat. But teacher don’t despair. For while homework he might not care. That boy who you scold Might be the one who changes the world.

My New Math

math problem a blackboard

Susie Q knew
That five times two
Equaled ten.
But why ten?
She asked, as she
Scratched her chin.
What if it could equal eight?
Wouldn’t that be great?
And what about four?
That wouldn’t be a bore.
And there’s so much more.
What about three?
That would be a sight to see.
And what about six?
That could do the trick.
And I haven’t even mentioned seven
Or eleven, that would be heaven!
“Susie Q,” her teacher said,
“Have you finished your math?”
“Oh yes,” Susie Q said
“I’ve got it right here:”
“Four times four equals eighteen.
Three times five is twenty-nine.
Eight times seven equals forty-two.
Three times two is nine.
And four times seven as twenty-three,
Well that will work just fine!”
“Susie Q what is this,?
Right answers are hard to find.”
“It’s my new way of doing math she said,
You should try it some time!”