The Animal School 動物學校

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The Animal School

Dr. R. H. Reeves

原文:

Once upon a time the animals decided they must do something heroic to meet the problems of a “New World”, so they organized a school. They adopted an activity curriculum consisting of running, climbing, swimming and flying. To make it easier to administer, all animals took all the subjects.

The duck was excellent in swimming, better in fact than his instructor, and made excellent grade in flying, but he was very poor in running. Since he was low in running he had to stay after school and also drop swimming to practice running. This was kept up until his web feet were badly worn and he was only average in swimming. But average was acceptable in school, so nobody worried about that except the duck.

The rabbit started at the top of the class in running, but had a nervous breakdown because of so much makeup in swimming.

The squirrel was excellent in climbing until he developed frustrations in the flying class where his teacher made him start from the ground up instead of from the tree-top down. He also developed charley horses from over-exertion and he got a C in climbing and a D in running.

The eagle was a problem child and had to be disciplined severely. In climbing class he beat all the others to the top of the tree, but insisted on using his own way of getting there.

At the end of the year, an abnormal eel that could swim exceedingly well and also could run, climb and fly a little had the highest average and was valedictorian.

The prairie dogs stayed out of school and fought the tax levy because the administration would not add digging and burrowing to the curriculum. They apprenticed their children to the badger and later joined the groundhogs and gophers to start a successful private school.

中譯版本:

從前動物們決定做一個英雄的事蹟以應付新世界的問題,因此他們組織了一個學校。他們採用了一個包含跑步、爬樹、游泳及飛行的課程。為了方便經營管理,所有 的動物都要上這些課。

鴨子在游泳上非常優秀,事實上比他的老師還要好,在飛行上也得到得很好的成績,但他的跑很差。因為他必須在課後加強跑步,因此沒去上游泳課。這使他的蹼磨壞了,因此在游泳上只得了一般的分數。但一般的程度在學校是可以接受的,因此沒人擔心,除了鴨子自已。

兔子在剛開始的跑步課時名列班上第一,但因在游泳上因嚴重不行而精神崩潰。

松鼠在爬樹上表現非常優秀,直到飛行課時他的老師要他一定要從地上起飛不可以從樹頂起飛,他產生了挫折。他也因過度費力而發生肌肉痙攣。最後只在爬樹上得 到C且跑步得到不及格的D。

老鷹是個問題學生,需嚴加管教。在爬樹課他打敗了所有的學生最快到達樹頂,但堅持一定要用他自己的方式。

學年末,一隻能游泳游得超級好且也能跑一點、爬一點及飛一點的怪異鰻魚因為平均分數最高而成了畢業典禮時致告別辭的學生代表。

北美的草原土撥鼠沒去上學且發動了抗稅,因為管理部門不願意將挖洞及挖地道列入課程。他們將他們的孩子送去獾那兒當學徒,之後加入了土撥鼠及金花地鼠創辦 了一所成功的私人學校。

後記:為維持社會對不同種類的人的需要,我們被強迫接受某幾方面的教育。還好,作為一個人,大家應該嘗試不同的事物,找出自己感興趣的、擅長的地方。不過,當你發現自己的目標不是在學校可以追尋的,或是你找到自己的長處,卻反而陷入災難。因為社會,包括人和制度,都不希望你追尋,不會特別支持你向該方面發展,不會像主流事業受到同等認可。而在學校,它給了你尋找自我最理想的空間,但制度要求你在各方面都要有出色的表現,因為考試每一科都決定你的前程,並非單純一張能力證明書,死一科就少一個向上爬的機會和選擇的權利,社會則重選擇考試成功的人,考試卻不能分辨真正的人材。而你為了應付不擅長的地方,就削弱,甚至埋沒了你在志向方面的發展。這都是疆化的教育所帶來的悲哀,一切是為了令社會能更簡單、順暢地運行,卻扼殺了很多發展的可能性和大家的特殊理想。

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