|exhibited at Fremont County Fair|
The young woman who painted this zebra did not attribute the quote to anyone, and oddly I found two individuals online who are given credit.
Despite the source, the words are profound and should be displayed in every school. Students should be encouraged to be creative, independent thinkers and inventors. It's currently the season of testing in nearly every school in Wyoming (probably the nation); a season where children are assessed to determine if they fit into the niche that some bureaucrat thinks is "ideal," a niche where everyone is the same.
Most veteran educators know that the pendulum of ideology swings broadly and that eventually those in authority will come to their senses and precipitate the swing back to a less constrained approach to educating the future leaders of this country. Personally, I think this swing is long overdue and that if it does not change direction soon, America will lose an entire generation of creative thinkers.
Many of today's young teachers have been trained in the testing and standardization era and will find it difficult to change the style of their teaching, but change they must. America's future depends on it.