Dear Jade Emperor,
As the Chinese New Year approaches, we are obligated to teach your story on how you requested all the animals who wanted to have a year in the Zodiac named after the should race across a river.
We know that the cat and the rat are not very good swimmers asked a kindly ox to help them cross the river. As the ox neared the opposite bank of the river, the rat pushed the poor cat into the water where he got carried away with current and had to struggle to get back to the bank. Furthermore, just as the ox was about to step out of the water, the rat jumped off the ox's head on to the bank to "win" the race.
Upon seeing all this unfold, you were reported to have said "Well done" to the rat and gave him his place at the first year in the Chinese Zodiac cycle.
As a teacher, if we see our students acting an a way similar as the rat did in the story, we would have to scold our students and tell our students that they acted unfairly. Please channel yourself through the minds of our fellow forumosan and explain the correct moral lesson we are to gain from you tale.
See link below for the version of the story cited.http://www.topmarks.co.uk/ChineseNewYea ... Story.aspx