Years and years ago, when I started homeschooling my three younger children, my favorite Kindergarten teacher gave me a photocopy of a fableÂ titledÂ “The Animal School,” the original ofÂ the photocopy having beenÂ written in a fine calligraphic hand.Â The teacher, Flo, retired from teaching a few years later, so she was no neophyte to the teachingÂ business.
Years ago, when I put together the Schools page on my website, I went looking for a version ofÂ fable and found one online.
- The Animal SchoolÂ Â Â Â
The Administration of the School Curriculum With Reference to Individual Differences
By Dr. G.H. Reavis Assistant Superintendent Cincinnati Public Schools
Once upon a time, the animals decided they must do something heroic to meet the problems of a “new world.” So they organized a school.
They adopted an activity curriculum consisting of running, climbing, swimming and flying. To make it easier to administer the curriculum, all the animals took all the subjects.Â …
This fine fable inspired an update which is hosted at the Raising Small Souls website.Â The updated version, a video,Â is also called “Animal School.”Â It has a haunting melody as a soundtrack, which adds to the poignancy of the little story.
Were you an eagle, a squirrel, a zebra or a bee?Â
Or maybe a duck — calm on the surface but paddling like the dickens underneath?