A Fable

I am grateful to Derrin Cramer of Thinking Ahead for bringing this to my attention.

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 offsprings 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.

Originally printed in The Instructor, April. 1968. Text copied from here.

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2 Responses to “A Fable”

  1. Anita Strang (@astrang) Says:

    I love this. Have you seen the you tube video of this same text? Animal School: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8limRtHZPs

  2. Simon Kidd Says:

    I have now! Thanks, Anita.

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