It is the job of schools
To supply kids with some tools
And a space with lower stakes
To try, and to make mistakes.

Reaching for what’s next,
Building on the guidebook’s text,
Encouraging upward reaching,
Are the meat of top-notch teaching.

Somewhere in the middle
May be a place to fiddle.
But it is out, way at the edge
Where we escape the limits of the hedge.

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