Common core standards stress the importance of children learning how to critically think. The article describes how many children have a “black and white” view of the world. As stated in the article, “Critical thinking begins with the recognition that there are multiple points of view.” Because of this, it may be hard to teach them how to think of the pros and cons of different scenarios so using fables is a good way to go about doing so. Teaching using fables provides students the opportunity to think critically because they teach lessons about life. They’re good for this purpose because the characters offer one point of view, and then children are taught to evaluate the fable from another point of view. The fables are also easy to understand as well as relatable. An example from Aesop’s fable, “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” was given. In the fable, Aesop is accused of making false accusations that he saw a wolf, he did this so many times that the village people stopped believing him which resulted in him losing his lamb. That is just one viewpoint of the story. After considering all of the facts, students can also critically think about the fact that maybe the wolf was tricky and tricked the villagers, or the fact that maybe the villagers were unfair when they were judging the boy. Depending on the version of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” many questions can be asked pertaining to if the boy knowingly lied, or if he was falsely accused. Either way, a discussion comes out of asking all of these critical thinking questions.
One fable that I felt had a relatable impact is the story of, “The Crow and the Pitcher.” The fable is about a crow that was thirsty was trying to get a drink of water but his beak couldn’t reach the water. He got more and more frustrated the thirstier he got, when he figured out a solution to drop pebbles in the water until the water level was high enough to drink from.
The story is so impactful because it teaches the lesson that nothing is impossible, and that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. It also teaches the lesson that sometimes we overthink or over worry and think that nothing is going to come out the way that we want to. In the case of this fable, the crows persistence to succeed paid off and he was able to drink the water. This is a good lesson for children to learn at an early age because they can apply it to their lives whether it be with getting picked on, struggling in school, or just overall life. This lesson can also help children feelings feel more validated. They can read this lesson and feel like they have a voice, and they can also feel like someone can relate to similar things that they have experienced or might experience in the future. This is a great lesson for them to reflect on or remember during tough times. As a college student, I can also apply this lesson to my life because with finals week right around the corner, I’m feeling overwhelmed and slightly panicky to say the least between taking six classes and working many hours during the week. I know its possible to do well on all of my tests/projects as long as I finish up my work little by little and pace myself instead of waiting until the last minute to complete everything. This story will be in the back of my mind over the next several days as I continue to push myself to finish the semester strong.