041. Blind Spots

If you put a buzzard in a pen six or eight feet square and entirely open at the top, the bird will remain imprisoned despite its ability to fly.  That’s because a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of ten or twelve feet.  Without space to run, it will not even attempt to fly!

The bat, a remarkably nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place.  If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air.

Similarly, a bumblebee, will remain in an open tumbler until it dies, unless it is taken out.  It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom.

These are critical lessons that we as parents must take into account when teaching our children.  It is easy to "train" children to do things by rote learning – in fact, that will allow them to complete routine things quickly without thinking. 

However, we must not overlook the importance of showing children alternative methods of doing the same things – that there are usually many ways to solving problems, some of which are actually waiting to be discovered by themselves!

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