The Blind People and The Elephant


A group of blind people were in a room with an elephant. They decided that they wanted to describe the elephant. Each felt a part of the elephant. One person felt the elephant's trunk and described it. A second person felt the elephant's left back foot and described it. A third person felt the elephant's front right foot and told about it. A fourth person had ahold of the elephant's tail and described it. As each described the elephant, the other's disagreed, because their views were different.

In education we sometimes behave like the blind people and the elephant. Each has a view, but we miss the others' views.