Saturday, May 11, 2013

A Chicken Little Story

 
One day Chicken Little was walking in the woods when -- KERPLUNK -- a walnut fell on her head. She pecked the walnut open and inside was a note from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
    Vintage Stock Easter Image Peep "Oh my goodness!" cried Chicken Little. "There is a crisis in our public schools that threatens our nations's economic competitiveness! The Tests prove it! I must go tell the Congress."

Wise Old Owl was watching and wasn't fooled for a minute.

"Chicken Little, who is controlling you?" he asked. But she did not listen nor stop to think.

As she hurried on her way to the nation's capitol, Chicken Little met teacher Henny Penny and her students. Henny Penny said they were going on a field trip to the woods to learn more about the worms they loved to eat.

"There's no time for that!" cried Chicken Little.  "I've received word that our schools are failing! Hurry back to class and prepare for The Tests." So Henny Penny and her little brood marched sadly back to class.

Chicken Little went on her way as fast as she could. Soon she met teacher Cocky Locky and his students. Cocky Locky said they were going on a field trip to the woods to learn about the seeds they loved to eat.

"There's no time for that!" cried Chicken Little.  "I've received word that our schools are failing! Hurry back to class and prepare for The Tests." So Cocky Locky and his little brood marched sadly back to class.

Chicken Little hurried along as fast as she could.  Soon she met teacher Turkey Lurkey and her students. Turkey Lurkey said they were going on a field trip to the woods to learn more about the berries they loved to eat.

"There's no time for that!" cried Chicken Little. "I've received word that our schools are failing! Hurry back to class and prepare for The Tests." So Turkey Lurkey and her little brood marched sadly back to class.

Chicken Little went along as fast as she could. Then who should appear but sly old Foxy Woxy.

"Where are you going, my fine feathered friend?" asked Foxy Woxy. He spoke in a polite manner so as not to frighten her.

"Our schools and teachers are failing us!" cried Chicken Little. "I'm on my way to warn the Congress."

"I know a shortcut to the Capitol," said Foxy Woxy. "Come and follow me."

But wicked Foxy Woxy did not lead Chicken Little to the Capitol. He led her right up to the entrance of his fox hole. Once they were inside, Foxy Woxy would gobble her up!

Just as Chicken Little was about to enter the fox's hole, they heard the sound of murmuring and stopped.

It was Wise Old Owl accompanied by a mass of wondrous animals of all kinds calling themselves 'We the Creatures'. The dogs chased Foxy Woxy away. How he ran across the meadows and through the forests, with the hounds close behind! He ran until he was far, far away.

"Who has been controlling  you Chicken Little?" asked Wise Old Owl.

Chicken Little thought for a moment. "The ruling class?"

"Yes. Someone with connections to the ruling class dropped the walnut on your head," said Wise Old Owl. "Remember, just like Foxy Woxy, the ruling class wants to control you for its own selfish ends. 

They would limit your learning to only that which matters least and which profits them most. I've sent word to Henny Penny, Cocky Locky, and Turkey Lurkey to resume their field trips and boycott The Tests. You must learn to think and question."

After that day, if perchance -- KERPLUNK -- a walnut fell, Chicken Little didn't panic at all.

Stay Tuned:  Next Post "The Leap-Frog"


7 comments:

  1. Another story is about the truck stuck at the entrance of the Lincoln Tunnel. The truck was too high to clear the tunnel. Hundreds of Police, Firemen, Emergency services couldn't figure out what to do. They brought the Army core of engineers and plans were made to excavate the top of the tunnel and hence then with a crane pull the truck out. As the commotion, theories, and plans ensued and traffic came to a grinding halt...a young boy gets out of his car and pulls on the jacket of a lead engineer - he quietly suggests - why don't you just let the air out of the tires? That should allow you to tow the truck right out.

    Likewise, billions are being spent on analycsis, curriculum, and new testing initiatives - and if these private interests groups and congress would just visit a classroom for a day - they might see that the simpler solution and better money spent on education might be to reduce class sizes and group younger students in early grades according to cognitive and performance abilities...there's a pretty logical thing to do, no? If a teacher could get to know 12 kids well vs. 24 and those 12 were advanced, ok, or remedial she could do a LOT more in that class than Pearson's new common core text book and state test could ever offer.

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    1. Great story! Sometimes it takes a child to see the obvious. Same in our nation's schools, as you say.

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  2. Absolutely brilliant piece. Please keep it up!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words and stopping by!

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