Wednesday, June 20, 2007

We Are All Unique

Were you labeled “different” as a child?

Within the school system were you considered a troublemaker? Told you were not “gifted?” Did you struggle to find a place in a system that had no place for your unique abilities?

If so, you will relate to this video.

In fact, you might just end up visiting the child you once were.

I saw myself in it – and I saw my children.

If you have children, love children or simply care about how children are raised and educated — take a look at this video.

But you don’t have to have children to appreciate it.

You only have to have been a child.

Click on the above link to view the video “Animal School.”

(Once on the web site, click on the purple "Animal story" box in the middle of the page.)

The picture I’ve posted? Angelic looking child, right?

He was my precious troublemaker.


Dan said...

He looks like a very sweet trouble maker! :) You're such a sweet, loving mom.

I was a bit different in school because I had to take speech therapy classes. I had this bad lispe when I enunciated "s". Of course the kids made fun of me. But the lisp is gone now (for the most part).

Kelly said...

I was different in many ways. I was different because I was the only white student and because I did poorly in school.

Beth said...

Sweet looking, yes.
Troublemaker - ditto.
Sad about the kids making fun of you - glad you received therapy.

However "different" you might have been in school (and however that might have hurt) - look at you now.
You're one of my best resources for recommended reading!

Unknown said...

That was a great video. And I can definitely relate -- I was pretty zebra-like, though I didn't quit. Thanks for the link!

Mike Minzes said...

I was a trouble maker, an outcast, a popular kid, a dumb kid, a smart kid and a different kid.

Great video

Beth said...

dorky dad:
So glad you didn't quit - the world needs more zebras.

You "fit in" everywhere. Talk about unique!

Attila the Mom said...

Beautiful. Simply beautiful. Thanks so much for posting this!

Beth said...

I'm so glad you liked it.
I found it beautiful as well.

Angel said...

there is no way that smiling, adorable little boy could have been a trouble maker....I won't believe it!!

Beth said...

Hey, you're the mother of smiling adorable boys! You know exactly what kind of trouble they can get into...

Anonymous said...

I like kids. With ketchup & a nice cola (emits silly rasping noise).


Beth said...

A "silly rasping noise" right back at ya!

Anonymous said...

I work in a school and think this should be mandatory for all teachers!! So powerful and beautiful. Having a child with "special needs" who is also so amazing and creative and the school fails to get it, I thank you for sharing this. XO

Beth said...

I agree - and parents and children should watch it too.
Glad you enjoyed it.

Anonymous said...

Love that picture. He does look so sweet and innocent, troublemaker or not. And look how amazing he turned out! Good thing you had the right attitude.

That was a great video. Pity that our school system can't use that approach. Part of the problem is, I think, lack of funds and support within the system. So much easier (and cheaper) to use the cookie cutter approach.

And so which kid was I? The kid who was desperate to please all the teachers all the time, and never ever got in trouble, but agonized over marks, being late for school and pretty much everything an overactive imagination could think of. Oh well. I survived!

Beth said...

You survived and you are unique!
That overactive imagination has served you well.