Educate each child according to his needs

An educator (parent) must conduct himself like a merciful shepherd. King David was attentive to the weak lambs in his flock, ensuring that they ate the soft grass before the stronger sheep entered the pasture. He would fence in the mature sheep until the lambs have eaten, leaving them the stiffer grass. In the same way an educator must provide each child with what he needs. Uniform methods might work in the Marine Corps but they don’t work in child education. Each child needs a different approach. Sounds impossible? Who said that child education is easy? The responsibility is prodigious. The educator must tend to the special souls that the Almighty has entrusted in his hands for safe-keeping.

From Garden of Education, Rav Arush,

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