by Dr. George
Reavis, Assistant Superintendent
, Cincinnati Public Schools
Once upon a time, the animals decided the must do something heroic
to meet the problems of a "new world
." As a result, they organized a school.
They adopted an activity curriculum
consisting of running, climbing, swimming, and flying. To make it easier to administer the curriculim all the animals
took all the subjects.
was excellent in swimming, in fact better than his instructor; but he made only passing grades in flying and was very poor in running. Since he was slow in running, he had to stay after school and also drop swimming in order to practice running. This kept up until his webbed feet
were badly worn and he was only average
in swimming. But average was acceptable in school so nobody worried about that except the duck.
The rabbit started at the top of the class
in running, but had a nervous breakdown
because of so much make-up work in swimming.
The squirrel was excellent in climbing until he developed frustration
in the flying class where his teacher made him start from the ground up instead of the tree top down. He also developed a "charlie horse
" from over-exertion and then got a C in climbing and a D in running.
was a problem child
and was disciplined severely. In the climbing class he beat all the others to the top of the tree, but insisted on using his own way to get there.
At the end of the year, an abnormal eel
that could swim exceedingly well, and also run, climb, and fly a little had the highest average and was valedictorian
The prairie dogs
stayed out of school and fought the tax levy because the administration
would not add digging and burrowing to their curriculum. They apprenticed their children to a badger and later joined the groundhogs and gophers to start a successful private school
Does this fable have a moral