2nd June 2022
The fable of the frog and the scorpion
One day a scorpion was out walking when it came to a river. The scorpion, who couldn’t swim, wanted to cross the river, and saw a frog resting on a stone.
“Hello, frog, can you carry me to the other side ? I can ride on your back.”
The frog refused.
“You are a scorpion. You will sting me.”
“Why would I do that ? We would both die,” asked the scorpion.
The frog thought, then agreed. The scorpion climbed onto the frog’s back.
However, half way across the river, the scorpion stung the frog. The frog, in pain, asked the scorpion,
“Why did you do that ? Now we will both die.”
“I know,” replied the scorpion, “I couldn’t help it because it’s my nature.”
A modern day tale
Classes of students who are undisciplined, disrespectful and physically or verbally abusive.
The centre makes rules. The students start each lesson reciting them.
Rules such as not saying, “No,” to a teacher when asked to do something, not calling a teacher by a disrespectful name, no running, no eating in class.
Yet, forty minutes later, masks are off and half the class are eating, running in the halls, shouting. Students say, “No,” to polite requests, and call teachers disrespectful names.
They have been told if they break these new rules, they will be sent home, and if the offense is repeated, they will be expelled. Still they continue.
Why … because it’s in their nature.
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5 thoughts on ““Because it’s my nature.””
Hmm, it’s in the nature. That’s a great explanation. Poor frog. Love the frog. It is so nice and helpful, even to somebody who can hurt it. Sometimes we do that and learn a lesson in return.
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You see the analogy between the frog and scorpion with teachers who try so hard but students that simply don’t care ?
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Haha, so true. Sometimes it is hard to inspire people to care about language, but actually language learning is fun…
Yes, language is a skill, requiring practice and motivation. Thank you for reading my blog. greetings from Viet Nam.