The Starfish Story

Original Story by: Loren Eisley

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.

Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”

The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the sea. The surf is up and the tide is going out.  If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”

“Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!”

After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf.  Then, smiling at the man, he said… “ I made a difference for that one.”


    • a student on 9 January, 2012 at 11:04 pm
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    what do you want the school to do? oblige students to use Vocablearning? Or?

    1. Implement a cost-effective measure with enough supporting evidence to close the performance gap, not necessarily the Vocablearning program.

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