"There is no point in teaching poetry; most kids don't even like it. I have to teach it because it is in the curriculum. I would much rather not have to teach it, but in order to get paid for this section I have to teach it."
Mr. Pittsford, my seventh grade daughter's English teacher
I am speechless. I don't even know how to begin to respond.
If he hates poetry, then of course the kids will too. My experience in teaching is that almost all of the kids loved poetry. We used poetry in every single class, and they loved it. Some of them still come up to me at church and elsewhere and recite pieces of Shakespeare or Poe.
I am very glad that Lilly is beginning to love poetry, despite her teacher's lack of enthusiasm.