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But none of this happened. On the contrary, the butterfly spent the rest of her life with a swollen body and shrunken wings What that man, with his kindness and haste, did not understand is that the restrictive cocoon and the struggle necessary for the butterfly to come out through the tiny hole was the way Nature used to send fluid from the butterfly's body to her wings so that she was ready to fly as soon as she got the freedom of the cocoon.

Nature is nature, and no matter how much we create to get away from it, it will always be present in us.

Many times we believe that helping someone in a situation in a hurry we do the right thing, but in reality, people who can not with the same weight that nature puts on them are destined to failure, help only by example, demonstrating to others that is possible with effort and hard work, do not push anyone out of the "cocoon", because although you think you're helping, you're really condemning.

I have to point out that, when I say help, I do not mean a materialistic concept, if someone needs some material help we can give it to them, as long as this person sees money as a means and not as an objective. I think it is good to help as long as it is to which the recipient helps himself. It all starts when Stripe, the main character, first hatches from an egg. He begins his life by eating the leaf he was born on. He realizes that there must be "more" to life than just eating leaves. He senses there must be a way to get up into the sky.

He searches for a way and finds himself at the base of a pillar made up of caterpillars. They are all struggling to get up into the sky as well. Here he meets Yellow who also wants to get up into the sky by climbing to the top of the pillar. But she feels bad about what must be done to achieve this goal.

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You have to literally step on and climb over all the other caterpillars who are also trying to reach the top of the pillar. The two of them eventually decide to stop climbing and go back down the pillar. They live together for a while. But Stripe's curiosity and unrest overcome him and he decides that he must get to the top of the pillar.

Stripe says good-bye to Yellow. He focuses, adapts, and drives to reach the top, and eventually he succeeds at being on the top of the caterpillar pillar. This results in disillusionment, as he takes in a vast vista of other caterpillar pillars.

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Is this all there is at the top? He has not really gotten in to the sky. He just has a view of other caterpillars struggling to reach the top of their respective caterpillar pillars. Not necessarily this school but the system it stands for. How can we really think we are addressing student learning when subject teachers in the Netherlands see students twice, three times a week for 50 minutes in groups of on average 25 that is on average 5 min per child a week; min a year…?

Who hardly provide children with a choice or moments of discovery. The kids have to do exactly the same without ever finding out their preferences in learning subject matter and in general. They are all addressed as an average kid… And teachers may want to provide for choice, or differentiate in their approach but feel restricted because of time, or they feel afraid the class will become too loud or because they will loose control… as told to me.

And not only motivation in a general sense but motivation for domain-specific knowledge as well. Do we really for example want children in first grade to memorize all the holidays of the three main religions in the world, just because the teachers say so; does this really do justice to social sciences? How boring can teaching and learning become? Yes mind-numbing!! Thank god I obediently learned all the boring stuff at school so now I can, as a mom compensate for the educational failures of either traditional or innovate schools. Reblogged this on The Echo Chamber. Reblogged this on Nonpartisan Education Group.

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How is my son ever going to be a civil engineer without knowledge? Look it up on the internet? Takes more time then taking classes fro someone who knows! You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account.

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