At Jobsworth University we train
students to follow marking rubric schemes:
churning assignments out just like machines
requires little engagement of the brain.
We worry that they wouldn’t stand the strain
of rigorous academic regimes –
simply they regurgitate subject themes
without need of memory to retain.
Once we looked for originality,
now we reward mere checklist compliance,
favoring conforming banality,
no room for intellectual defiance.
I long for days of deep philosophy
where learning is more than commodity.
A Miltonic sonnet lamenting the state of higher education.