Here's an Ann Landers column I found in the Desert Sun on November 7, 2001.
It is a poem written by Charles Osgood copyrighted in 1986. If anything it is more appropriate today than it was then. A student from Beaverton, Oregon asked that Ann print the poem because the student used the poem as a way to fight off the urge to goof off.
Here's the poem:
There once was a pretty good student, Who sat in a pretty good class, And was taught by a pretty good teacher, Who always let pretty good pass. He wasn't terrific at reading, He wasn't a whiz-bang at math, But for him, education was leading Straight down a pretty good path. He didn't find school too exciting, But he wanted to do pretty well, And he did have some trouble with writing, And nobody taught him to spell. When doing arithmetic problems, Pretty good was regarded as fine. Five plus five didn't always add up to 10, A pretty good answer was nine. The pretty good class that he sat in Was part of a pretty good school. And the student was not an exception, On the contrary, he was the rule. The pretty good school that he went to Was there in a pretty good town. And nobody seemed to notice He could not tell a verb from a noun. The pretty good student in fact was Part of a pretty good mob. And the first time he knew what he lacked was When he looked for a pretty good job. It was then. when he sought a position, He discovered that life could be tough. And he soon had a sneaky suspicion Pretty good might not be good enough. The pretty good town in our story Was part of a pretty good state, Which had pretty good aspirations, And prayed for a pretty good fate. There once was a pretty good nation, Pretty proud of the greatness it had, Which learned much to late, If you want to be great, Pretty good is, in fact, pretty bad.