How many times have we heard the story of the hare and the tortoise? And how many of us have ever thought of a different ending to the story – one where the hare wins?
Rudra, a 4 year old Wunderbar Kid, did exactly that!
It was during scribble time that Rudra drew the story of the hare and the tortoise – with a twist. According to Rudra, his hare would always win the race because his hare would run fast, and never sleep. Now this may seem nothing more than a stretch of the imagination to many people, but let me assure you, there is much more to this than meets the eye.
Firstly, Rudra was obviously encouraged to think ‘creatively’ or tangentially, something that is stamped out of most children in India at a very young age. We’re all told stories, but it is drummed into us that this is the ‘Right ending’ or ‘Exactly What Happened’ without giving a thought to the fact that a story is well – a story! And it could end in any way.
Secondly, Rudra was confident enough to express something which went against the norm, something that most of today’s adults aren’t comfortable doing because it was never encouraged when they were children themselves. However, doing so, and receiving praise for it means that Wunderbar Kids is encouraging Rudra to think differently and challenge the status quo, no matter what custom dictates.
Thirdly, and most importantly, Rudra, at 4 years of age, has very clearly understood the concept of ’cause and effect’. The hare slept and so he lost. He then realised that by changing an action, the outcome would also change, and he understood exactly what action was needed in order to effect a positive outcome!
Rudra’s story is heartening for us, because it reinforces the fact that we’ve been successful in creating child-led learning environments. We hope that as we grow and evolve, we’ll be able to impact many more Rudra’s, and thus create a a whole generation of thinkers.