President George W. Bush.

This news item is hilarious, can someone please confirm if this poem really existed in the textbooks? Well to cut the long story short, there was this poem in our school textbooks which explains the qualities of a good leader, but infact secretly contains the name of United States President Mr. George W. Bush.

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If you read the first letter of each line it will make a word ìPresident George W Bushî. But to me, the most pathetic state of education standard is shown when you will know in the article the poem was actually taken from the internet, so this is what all our education experts can do? Search the net and make the text books.

Here is a link of the article, it contains the poem too. Link.

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7 Comments so far

  1. abbas halai (unregistered) on December 6th, 2005 @ 8:37 pm

    they’re pulling the poem out of the textbooks according to this bbc article.


  2. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on December 6th, 2005 @ 9:42 pm

    I heard that – and thought it was jsut a rumor until you mentioned it ;)

    as we say ONLY IN PAKISTAN


  3. Tee (unregistered) on December 6th, 2005 @ 11:33 pm

    its really a very sorry state of affairs at the education ministry!!
    i mean how could they simply download a poem from the net and then later on appologize saying that it was a mistake?? DUh!!


  4. Neoxeekhrobe (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 7:10 am

    Here is the poem. I GWB can think of destroying a news channel he might also think that getting a poem in the text books will make him famous – among the eleven years old.

    —-

    Patient and steady with all he must bear,
    Ready to meet every challenge with care,
    Easy in manner, yet solid as steel,
    Strong in his faith, refreshingly real.
    Isn’t afraid to propose what is bold,
    Doesn’t conform to the usual mould,
    Eyes that have foresight, for hindsight won’t do,
    Never backs down when he sees what is true,
    Tells it all straight, and means it all too.
    Going forward and knowing he’s right,
    Even when doubted for why he would fight,
    Over and over he makes his case clear,
    Reaching to touch the ones who won’t hear.
    Growing in strength he won’t be unnerved,
    Ever assuring he’ll stand by his word.
    Wanting the world to join his firm stand,
    Bracing for war, but praying for peace,
    Using his power so evil will cease,
    So much a leader and worthy of trust,
    Here stands a man who will do what he must.

    —-

    Don’t know how it got in but what I can’t understand is that anyone who knows GWB, just cant take this seriously.


  5. S.E. (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 6:24 pm

    What’s surprising is that this textbook is published by National Book Foundation. I would have thought better of them than this!

    Guardian also published a piece about it:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/pakistan/Story/0,2763,1657964,00.html


  6. TS (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 9:00 pm
  7. Moid (unregistered) on December 8th, 2005 @ 12:03 am

    The ìpoetî finally spoke out:

    http://www.rhlschool.com/blog/



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