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A Fresh Look at Sisyphus and His Rock
Donna Rae and Robert Clasen
WATGs 40th Anniversary
October 10, 2013
From many and many a year ago
Comes a tale to which we relate.
‘Tis Sisyphus and his sorrowful fate
Of pushing a rock to a summit above
Which rolls back down at the very last shove.
Gifted ed. Seems akin to this rock,
We push and we pull, our efforts non-ending
Fighting frustrations and opponents unbending:
Hearing a chorus of --“Resources are few:
Needs of others much more demanding.”
So, yes, G/T can be a hard rock of slate--
But here we depart from the Sisyphus fate.
Sisyphus struggled, alone and unaided.
But, we—we are a force –bonded together
By intent and goals, by networks forever,
Crossing new boundaries, breaking some molds
Pushing together, we work; we wedge; and we hold.
Yes, we are sometimes despairing, feeling alone,
But then we remember that markers we’ve reached:
With our rock a the top and some barriers breached:
We have teachers in districts both great size and small
We’ve parents and mentors and higher ed. Leaders
All aid the talented and gifted youth in our midst
Standard (t), licensure, certification and a mandate
State coordinators and grants, both federal and state.
And WATG, 40 years strong, our guide on the side
Helping us reach summits unknown, endeavors untried.
So the Sisyphus tale serves us in part; the push
Is ongoing; tasks never ending, but united we are
In purpose, commitment, in action, in heart
All working together to raise awareness of needs
Of the gifted, regardless of gender, ethnicity or creed.
Together we can and we do reach some peaks
Leaving in place metaphorical Rocks at the top
And knowing that hands of the future won’t stop
But will push on together to accomplish great deeds
“Till all youth have schooling determined by needs.
WISGIFT is a statewide listserv run through the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. It is an excellent resource for sharing information about gifted education throughout the state of Wisconsin.