RaisingSmallSouls’ popular video, “Animal School” has generated a flurry of comments. Educators and parents have raved about the moral of the story, and it has inspired many to take a deeper and more individual look at their students and children. Scroll down to see what others are saying about this video. Scroll down to read the existing comments and to post your own.
The soothing music is called “Yellow Flutterby Dreams” by artist Hansel Copeland (http://www.broadjam.com/HanselCopeland)
We thought about which type of animal is catered to in a traditional school setting, and we believe it is the sheep. Passive followers do very well in school. ‘Sheep’ do as they are told, never question rules, and consistently follow the directions they are given. That’s not to say that other animals cannot do well in school… they can! Yet, most schools are geared towards the needs and characteristics of the sheep.
A father once told us about his two sons, who are as different as night and day. The eleven-year-old is a straight-A model student. On the other hand, the eight-year-old is restless, creative, and entrepreneurial. Since the younger son is “weight-challenged” (is that the current politically-correct way of saying “a little overweight”?) his mother sends him to school with fruits and vegetables as snacks. The family struggles financially, and the child does not bring any money with which to buy snacks. However, at the beginning of recess, the third-grade child asks his teacher for a handful of plastic cups. He borrows a dollar and finds a child with a 32oz. Snapple, and purchases the drink. Then he pours a bit of the iced-tea into each of his dozen cups, and sells them to his fellow students. He uses his profits to repay the loan and buy the commercialized sugar-and-salt-coated snacks that he craves. At the end of the day, he has had his fill of junk-food and several dollars in profit!
Which child has more “street smarts”? Which child is more likely to succeed in the “real world”? If you own a business, which child would you hire to work as your salesman?
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