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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A school for animals.

One time the animals had a school. The curriculum consisted of running, climbing, flying and swimming, and all the animals took all the subjects. The duck was good in swimming, better than his instructor, and he made passing grades in flying, but was practically hopeless in running. He was made to stay after school and drop his swimming class in order to practice running. He kept this up until he was only average in swimming. But, average is acceptable, so nobody worried about that but the duck.

The eagle was considered a problem pupil and was disciplined severely. He beat all the others to the top of the tree in the climbing class, but he had used his own way of getting there.

The rabbit started out at the top of his class in running, but had a nervous breakdown and had to drop out of school on account of so much makeup work in swimming.

The squirrel led the climbing class, but his flying teacher made him start his flying lessons from the ground instead of the top of the tree, and he developed charley horses from overexertion at the takeoff and began getting C's in climbing and D's in running.

The practical prairie dogs apprenticed their offsprings to a badger when the school 
authorities refused to add digging to the curriculum.

At the end of the year, an eel that could swim well, run, climb, and fly a little was made valedictorian. 

       This similar story is told in the book The Angel in the Marble.(Which I mentioned in my previous post.) They compare this to our children. Each child is unique and has special gifts and talents, but so many times, we want them to fit into a one size fits all education plan. (Which really doesn't allow any to excel.)
The best course of action is to develop an Individualized Education Plan and find the best teaching materials for each child.  Here is an article that discusses different types of teaching materials depending upon the learner. With God's help we can prayerfully consider who God has made each child to become. 
(Not forcing them to conform to an image he has not destined for them.)