This video represents a significant moment for its creator, Mimi. As a Grade 5 student, she has been showing tons of quiet potential all year… but this video symbolizes her emergence as a genuine go-getter, full of confidence, talent and modest precociousness.
She wrote the poem, sought out some advice on how to produce a video that wen with her message, learned how to do the green screen technique from Mr. Frank and then completed the project independently.
The video has wowed everyone in the school, within five minutes of sharing on Twitter it was used in an IB Diploma TOK lesson (see their responses to Mimi here) and it has been used as a provocation for the PYP Exhibition in several schools. When this happens with a student’s work, it is incredibly empowering for them.
Here are the words of the poem:
Trapped in Gold
It was dark
I was trapped
I was trapped in Gold
In this place of darkness
Where everyone seems to be
There was me
Finding a way out to be free
The human mindset not working properly
Greed,Selfishness is all I can see
Swiping and swiping my card constantly
Until I realized my card was trapped with me
Hard works pay seems to go so fast
When your life is on hold and it all seems so sad
The sensation of new things
Fills me up with joy
But inside I am upset and destroyed.
All this credit,loan and lending
The life we live is full of spending
It is a cycle that is unending
And we are all pretending.
They make us seem like fools
Sell us tools to make us feel good
Buy the new version to stay on trend
But it’s just another hole
For us to mend
Everything just clutter
But just with money in the gutter
It’s all just an illusion
Nothing but a trick
After you spend, makes you feel sick
There is full of gluttony
It is ruining your life
Can’t you see?
Our lives are a mess
I have to confess
But it’s time to speak up
Don’t let our world corrupt
They suck you in with weird solutions
And all that is left
Are minds with confusion
There used to be excitement
And laughter in the park
But now its all dark,no footstep,no mark
Holes in my shoes
Swinging on the swings as high as I can
It felt like I was a kid superman!
How can you be a good dad?
When your child is entertained by an iPad
So next time
Spend your money wisely
Don’t be a fool
You’re trapped in Gold