|This fable has appeared in various version, but this is the most well-known. It was written by George H. Reavis, a Superintendent of Public Schools in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1940.
The Animal School
One time the animals had a school. The curriculum consisted of running, climbing, flying and swimming, and all the animals took all the subjects.
The duck was good in swimming, better than his instructor, and he made passing grades in flying, but was practically hopeless in running. He was made to stay after school and drop his swimming class in order to practice running. He kept this up until he was only average in swimming. But, average is acceptable, so nobody worried about that but the duck.
The eagle was considered a problem pupil and was disciplined severely. He beat all the others to the top of the tree in the climbing class, but he had used his own way of getting there.
The rabbit started out at the top of his class in running, but had a nervous breakdown and had to drop out of school on account of so much makeup work in swimming.
The squirrel led the climbing class, but his flying teacher made him start his flying lessons from the ground instead of the top of the tree, and he developed Charley Horses from overexertion at the takeoff and began getting C’s in climbing and D’s in running.
The practical prairie dogs apprenticed their offspring to a badger when the school authorities refused to add digging to the curriculum.
At the end of the year, an eel that could swim well, run, climb, and fly a little was made valedictorian.
Articles from around the Web
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55 Reasons to Homeschool, from the National Home Education Network
Ten Good Reasons to Homeschool by Greg Sherman, PhD
The Worst Reason to Homeschool by Jamie Martin
12 Most Compelling Reasons to Homeschool Your Children by Lisa Nielson
Top 10 Reasons to Homeschool, links to articles provided by Homefires
Reasons to Homeschool by Jill Smokler (Scary Mommy)
Why Homeschool, an entire blog dedicated to the question, “Why Homeschool?”