The following has been passed out in a second grade public school class so that students could circle the rhyming words in the poem:
I Tried to Ride a Skateboard
by Kenn Nesbitt
I tried to ride a skateboard.
I fell and scraped my knee.
I tried to ride a bicycle.
I crashed into a tree.
I tried to ride a scooter.
I landed on my chin.
I tried to ride a unicycle;
lost a bit of skin.
I even tried a tricycle
but ran into a wall.
I'm happy in this wheelchair now.
I never fall at all.
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easy-to-read and somewhat playful sounding rhyme for the most part. I
found myself wondering about protective gear and all until the end. The
end is what's really bugging me. I kept second-guessing myself,
whether this should bother me as much as it did, so I consulted my
friend and disability advocate, Kim Wombles. Here's what she had to
"That sure is an all or nothing fallacy. Plus, I'm in a
wheelchair and fall all the time. It's ableist and insensitive. It also
will have those second graders potentially blaming wheelchair users for
wonder if they would have thought twice about passing this poem out if
there were a child in class who needed to use a wheelchair or walker. I
really wish that staff at this school were able to learn more about disability, not to shame them, but to help them truly learn and do better next time.