Teaching People

I recently came across this fantastic picture that describes how individuals learn. You can view it by clicking here.

If you cannot view the picture, it simply says this:

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

The quote is from Albert Einstein.


At first, we can blame educational systems, professionals, and institutions for asking ‘fish’ (our children) to climb trees.

However, this is much deeper. It also describes the complexity of each human being. Each individual needs very different things (we also all need very similar things – water, shelter, clothing, nutrition).

With a classroom of fish, dogs, cats, frogs, rabbits, turtles, and more, it is difficult for an educator to first figure out what type of animal each student is, and then figure out what is appropriate for each student.

Even if you consider dogs, there are small dogs and big dogs. You may set-up an obstacle course for a dog (you go to the pet store and purchase the course). However, the course is for small dogs and you have a big dog.

We can’t only blame educators and educational institutions. We must look globally to see how everyone plays a role in providing and supporting our children.

Our fish want to swim. Our monkeys want to swing. hat animal are you?


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