Hidden Depths

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The Story (from Episode 21 with John Creger)

Hidden Depths

One day the wise fool was in the market, and saw birds for sale at $500 each. My bird, he thought, which is larger than any of these, is worth far more. The next day he took his pet hen to market. Nobody would offer him more than $50 for it.

Then the wise fool began to shout, “Oh, people. This is a disgrace. Yesterday you were selling only half this size at 10 times the price.”

Someone interrupted him. “You fool. Those were parrots, talking birds. They are worth more because they talk.”

“Fool,” said the wise fool. “Those birds you value only because they can talk. This one, which has wonderful thoughts and yet does not annoy with chatter, you reject.”

The Interpretation (as it pertains to Education)

Talking birds, talking heads, chattering away to meet expectations with little of substance to say is an everyday experience in most schools. Speaking up, doing well on tests--in short performing as expected is prized and leads to rewards.

Parroting information is mistaken for wonderful thoughts. The quiet ones who dwell on a subject are overlooked, especially in classes with more than 20 students. Most teachers are trained to equate verbal-linguistic skills with intelligence and so have minimal ability to connect to students who may have profound insight but lack the socially validated way of bringing those insights forth.

Most people value the external and the display and miss the inner depth.