One time the animals had a school. The curriculum
consisted of running, climbing, flying and swimming,
and all the animals took all the subjects.
The duck was good in swimming, better than his
instructor, and he made passing grades in flying,
but was practically hopeless in running. He was made
to stay after school and drop his swimming class
in order to practice running. He kept this
up until he was only average in swimming.
But, average is acceptable, so nobody worried
about that but the duck.
The eagle was considered a problem pupil and was
disciplined severely. He beat all the others to the
top of the tree in the climbing class, but
he had used his own way of getting there.
The rabbit started out at the top of his class
in running, but had a nervous breakdown and
had to drop out of school on account of so
much makeup work in swimming.
The squirrel led the climbing class, but his flying
teacher made him start his flying lessons
from the ground instead of the top of the
tree, and he developed charley horses from
overexertion at the takeoff and began getting C's in climbing
and D's in running.
The practical prairie dogs apprenticed their offsprings
to a badger when the school authorities refused
to add digging to the curriculum.
At the end of the year, an eel that could swim
well, run, climb, and fly a little was made
--printed in The Instructor, April. 1968