Once upon a time the animals had a school. They had to create a curriculum that would satisfy everyone, so they chose four
subjects: running, climbing, flying, and swimming. All the animals, of course, studied all the subjects.
The duck was very good at swimming, better than the teacher, in fact. He received passing grades in running and flying,
but was hopeless in climbing, so they made him drop swimming so that he could practice climbing. After a while he was only
average at swimming, but average is still acceptable, at least in school, and nobody worried much about it except the duck.
The eagle was considered a troublemaker. In his climbing class he beat everybody to the top of the tree, but he had his
own way of getting there that was against the rules. He always had to stay after school and write, "Cheating is wrong," five
hundred times. This kept him from soaring, which he loved, but schoolwork comes first.The bear flunked because they said he
was lazy, especially in the winter. His best time was summer, but school wasn't open then.The zebra played hooky a lot because
the ponies made fun of his stripes, and this made him very sad.
The kangaroo started out at the top of the racing class, but became discouraged when told to move swiftly on all four legs
the way his classmates did.The fish quit school because he was bored. To him, all four subjects were the same, but nobody
understood that because they had never seen a fish.The squirrel got an A in climbing, but his flying teacher made him start
from the ground up, instead of from the treetop down. His legs got so sore practicing takeoffs that he began getting Cs in
climbing and Ds in running.
The bee was the biggest problem of all, so the teacher sent him to Doctor Owl for testing. Doctor Owl said that the bee's
wings were too small for flying and they were in the wrong place. The bee never saw Doctor Owl's report, so he just went ahead
and flew anyway. I think I know a bee or two, how about you?The duck is the child who does well in math and poorly in English
and is given tutorials by the English teacher while his classmates are doing math. He loses his edge in math, and only does
passably well in English.
The eagle is the child who is turned into a troublemaker because he has his "own style" of doing things. While he is not
doing anything "wrong," his non-conforming is perceived as troublemakeing, for which he is punished.Who does not recognize
the bear? The kid who is great in camp, thrives on extra-curricular, but really just goes flat in the academics.
The zebra is the heavy, tall, or short, self-conscious kid whose failure in school few realize is due to a sense of social
inadequacy.The kangaroo is the one who instead of persevering gives up and becomes that discouraged child whose future disappears
because he was not appreciated.The fish is a child who really requires full special education and cannot shine in the regular
The squirrel, unlike the duck who "manages," becomes a failure.
The bee, oh the bee, is the child who the school just
feels it cannot deal with, yet, against all odds, with the backing of his parents, has enough self-motivation to do well even
though everyone thought he couldn't. I had the pleasure of knowing many bees.
Your child is a unique blend of talents, personality, and ingredients nowhere else to be found.Some children are skilled
intellectually, others are blessed emotionally, and many are born with creative ingenuity.Each child possesses their his own
exclusive collection of gifts.Your child did not come with a direction booklet.Effective parents are always learning, studying,
and customizing the instructions for their individual child.Each and every child is as unique as his fingerprints; a sparkling
diamond of unparalleled beauty.Don't let your child be a kangaroo!