written by Linda Lewis
In the spring and early summer, this is a common sight: a turtle (really a tortoise) in the middle of the road. I’ve dubbed my family the “Turtle Rescue Squad” because we stop and move it off the road. My rescued turtles also get a good scolding for being in the road. I’ve found this common event to be a good teaching tool when I teach middle school students:
“The turtle is having a hard time at dirt level, making his way around grass, rocks, sticks and trees. He moves his head to the side and spies it! A clearing to the left! No grass, rocks, sticks or trees… and he heads straight for it. Nice and clear, easy travel. Perfect, right?”
We know what that clearing really is — a road! What’s the problem with the turtle’s decision? The middle school students know, “A truck is going to run over that turtle!” That’s when I start to teach.
“The turtle can’t see around the bend. He doesn’t know what is coming, or he surely wouldn’t head out onto the road. He doesn’t really want to get run over. If we’re not going to be like the turtle in the road, we need to find valuable advice. The clear easy path may turn out to be the deadly path, while the hard challenging path may be the safest and best route to take. Valuable advice can make the difference between reaching your goal and ending in disaster.”
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