Schools start again next week (or have already started). That reminds me of the story of the animal school. There were animals who thought they should start a school. They drew up a class schedule with the subjects running, climbing, swimming and flying. To make it easier to register everything and to become a complete animal, all animals were taught all subjects.
The duck and the challenges of standard education
The duck was an excellent swimmer, but he could only just keep up with the flying lessons. Because he was not doing well in running, he received a failing grade. He received extra tutoring for running and had to give up swimming instead. However, mediocre was good enough for the school so no one worried about it except the duck.
The rabbit: victim of unrealistic expectations
The rabbit was the best in the class at running, but was injured when he was put on a high branch to demonstrate his flying skills. The animal jumped, tumbled down and broke its hind leg. He got an S for both subjects. Not only Bad at flying, but also an S for running, because that was no longer possible due to the broken leg.
The falcon: the frustration of a kite on the ground
The falcon, on the other hand, was an excellent flyer but became frustrated when running. And when he had to dig holes in the ground – it was considered of great value to his animal life if he could do that – he broke his beak and bruised his wings. The result is a big S.
The importance of self-knowledge and individuality in education
Every second we live is a new and unique moment that will never come back. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two plus two equals four and that Lutjebroek is located in North Holland. Great, but when are we going to teach them who they really are? We should say to each of them, ‘Do you know who you are? You are a miracle. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been a child like you. With your arms, your legs, your beautiful fingers, your way of moving, your beautiful smile. Yes you are a miracle and you were created from magical love.
Natural inspiration: the importance of self-discovery
In nature everything finds its own way. The flow of a river is constantly changing. Animals also give us wonderful examples of how you can be yourself and go your own way. Follow your own path undisturbed like a lion. Feeling free as a bird and flying where you want. Be as smart as a fox. All images that can help children develop so that they can follow their own unique path and discover their own talents and magic.
Uniqueness and talent development: a message for everyone
Because you know, you are unique. Children but also you as an adult, and yes, you too! Discover your talent, your unique path.