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Teach Not A Flying Bird To Swim

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O You Educators! ! !
Teach not a flyingbird to swim

Ask not a bird to burrow
It will break its wings and beak.

Force not the eagle
to swim like a fish.
Its world is the sky.

Teach not a bird to climb.
A monkey can do it better.

Train not the rabbit to fly.
Ask not the snake to walk straight.

Teach not the dog to sing
And ask not the squirrel to bark.

Let the peacock dance.
Ask not the hen to dance.

Train not the monkey to sing.
Nightingale will sing to you.

O You Educators! !
If only you knew
The creative potentials
Of the little humans
Entrusted to you! ! ! ! !

(As Educators we fail miserably in our schools and universities to understand the special creative capabilities of our students and to encourage them. We have to create a positive atmosphere and believe that each and every student entrusted to us is a unique being.Our children have greatness in them and very special talents. Parents should begin it in the family and teachers and Professors should continue to challenge and provoke them to get the best out of their uniqueness. It is our sublime duty to the younger generation) .
Dr. Antony Theodore
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Topic(s) of this poem: wisdom
Abhipsa Panda 04 October 2018
I really agree Sir...... Being a teacher I also feel that every student is unique in some or the other manner
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Edward Kofi Louis 06 August 2018
If only you knew! ! ! ! Only teach the truth to all! For Peace And Love. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Rose Marie Juan-austin 06 August 2018
A beautiful poem full of wisdom. Very well ctafted. Liked the closure lines..It is the heartbeat of this poem. Very moving and perceptive write.10+++++
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Kumarmani Mahakul 21 June 2018
The substance of this poem is to provide justified education to the children as per their abilities. Difference examples are given here nicely. A beautiful didactic poem shared astutely.10
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Rini Shibu 12 June 2018
Often we forget to encourage the inborn talents and impose ones on interest..Wonderful poem All parents and teachers should read this
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Akhtar Jawad 15 April 2018
I, too, prefer to write my poems in a simple language and simple style, because I don't want to give a mental strain to my readers.
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Akhtar Jawad 15 April 2018
I believe nobody is born without a special aptitude. It's duty of all the educators, right from the home to the educational institutions, to find out a child's aptitude and to promote his natural talent. Dr. Antony Theodore is a great thinker, he could have written an artistic poem on the topic, mostly not understood or misunderstood, but he opted to convey his universal message in such a simple language and style that even a child can understand it.
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raju, truth, wisdom 12 March 2018
very touching. god bless u
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Jeanette Telusma 14 June 2017
Words of wisdom to educators... I receive with joy. Thank you!
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Jennifer Melek Ozgur 04 June 2016
I am a teacher, and I really like your point about not shoving someone's spirit into a box you have carved out for them!
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