Two Small Birds
In 1973, Thomas, a schoolboy in California of the U. S, caught a small bird during an intervalbetween classes and mischievously hid it in the classroom. He didn't mean playing tricks. Hewas only interested in a bird's chirping and wanted to know its life and habits. The teacher wasgiving a language lesson when he heard the bird's chirping. He couldn't help frowning on it. However, he didn't blame the child. He only said in a solemn way that he would like to say aword about birds' habits. Birds like flying freely and hate being confined. It's in the nature thatthey find their warm nest. Then he went on with his lesson. Thomas felt he was flattered by theteacher's attention and immediately took action to send the bird back to the nature when theclass was over.
Almost at the same time a small boy at a certain school of a certain city in China did the samething as his American counterpart. He held the small bird in hand, very interested in itschirping, which greatly interfered with the class that was going on. The teacher giving a lessonof Chinese language and literature was enraged. He relentlessly dragged the boy up from hisseat, robbed him of the bird and set it free through the window. He blamed the boy andordered him to copy an ancient poem 100 times as a sort of punishment.
In 2010 on the platform of a certain university in California an ornithologist was telling a storyabout his childhood. He said he was very grateful to his language teacher whose kindnesshelped him to keep up his interest in birds. Interest was an important factor to beginsubsequent development. What we needed was to follow our interest, not to change it.
Meanwhile on the platform of a certain university in China a doctor specialized in Chineselanguage and literature made a speech about his childhood. He said it was his language teacherthat prevented him from going astray. Thus he was able to pursue his studies that resulted inhis becoming an excellent doctorate scholar of Chinese language and literature.
Both of them were outstanding talents, though there might be something regretful. Atraditional ideology is quite different from a habit of creating something new. This differencedecides two little boys', even two nations' different interest and orientation. The differenttreatment of birds in their childhood points to two different education thoughts in the presenttime. That, in turn, creates two types of people in the world.