WHAT DID YOU LEARN IN SCHOOL TODAY?

What did you learn in school today,

Dear little boy of mine?

What did you learn in school today,

Dear little boy of mine?

I learned that Nehru never told a lie,

I learned that soldiers never die,

I learned that everybodyís free,

Thatís what the teacher said to me,

And thatís what I learned in school today,

Thatís what I learned in school.

What did you learn in school today,

Dear little boy of mine?

I learned that policemen are my friends,

I learned that justice never ends,

I learned that murderers die for their crimes,

Even if we make a mistake sometimes,

And thatís what I learned in school today.

What did you learn in school today,

Dear little boy of mine?

I learned our governments must be strong,

Itís always right and never wrong,

Our leaders are the finest men,

And we elect them again and again,

And thatís what I learned in school today.

What did you learn in school today,

Dear little boy of mine?

I learned that war is not so bad,

I learned about the great ones we have had,

The ones with Pak and the ones with Cheen

And how it must make me preen,

Thatís what I learned in school today.

(An anonymous poem which uses the ingenious device of the childís voice to show how schools become unquestioning accomplices in the furtherance of political agendas in the classrooms, from Ďpatriotismí to the Ďpower of the state').