I chanced on this caricature dropping my Facebook wall sometime ago, at first I smiled thinking, it’s the monkey and the bird that’s going make it first to the top of the tree, well, obviously the monkey and the bird would, that if the elephant won’t break-in the branches down.
While this picture looks hilarious, it also perfectly showcased the kind of educational system that we have today – while we promote fairness in every way we can as it should always be – sometimes the system just won’t allow it, hence, it’s too taxing on the part of the teachers who handles conventional teaching system and to try to at least find each of his or her student’s best learning zone and at the same time find it too demanding for students whose learning faculties are unique than of the others.
Even in tertiary level where you expect each of your students to at least learn independently, there are still a lot who find it hard to muddle through the lessons at hand. Per observation, this homogenization pose several problems in my classroom – the monkeys and the birds got bored on top of the tree waiting for the fish to figure out how to climb up the tree, the penguin and seal think they don’t belong hence just rove around distracting the others, the dog is a little flexible than the others so it’s possible to just pull it around wherever he’s comfortable.
Admittedly, it requires really a lot of patience on the part of the teachers to reach out to these fishes and penguins and seals etc. in the class and a lot of energy to attend to these monkeys and birds – what can the teachers do? Teachers also suffer this kind of unfairness that whenever this fish can’t make it to the top – and monkey and the bird would complain – it’s the teacher’s fault
But then again, this will measure the kind of fiber a teacher got.