The world’s best teachers

The dog has now passed on, and the boy is now all grown, but Eagle Scout Aaron still has much to teach his elders about courtesy, respect and achievement. Winnweiler, Germany, August 2005

The dog has now passed on, and the boy is now all grown, but Eagle Scout Aaron still has much to teach about courtesy, respect and achievement. Winnweiler, Germany, August 2005

“Children and animals are the world’s best teachers– but very few adults really want to be educated.”Ashleigh Brilliant

Educators have long known that learning is optimal when the lessons are engaging and fun.  What better teachers, then, than animals and children?  I hope there are more adults wanting this sort of education than Ashleigh thinks there are, but if not, maybe some of us will catch on when the stress becomes unbearable and we think “there must be a better way to live.”

The only thing more fun than watching animals or children at play, is watching them at play with each other.  This has been one of the nicest gifts of the online world – we can now watch and share hilarious clips of kids and animals doing what they do best, and teaching us, among other things, how important it is to laugh as often as possible.

Blog readers have shared some real gems in the comments over the past year.  If you missed the link to the cat on the Roomba, or the sledding crow, try a Google search for those clips (or try the terms “guilty dog” or “parrot talking in Chinese” or just “funny animal videos”).  But what about kids and animals together?  Does anybody have some good links to funny clips of children interacting with animals?  If so, please post them in the comments below.  We could all use a fun lesson today.

This post was first published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.

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