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I am starting a new series: these are contributions from a dear friend, who prefers to remain unnamed. We get so many stories and jokes in our e-mail inbox and through all the Social Media sites that we lose count. But here are a few stories – very short and simple, yet giving us profound insight into our own lives and behavior.
Here is the story of a little boy who couldn’t seem to get simple math correct – and it was the teacher’s turn to learn something new!
Do read, comment, share, recommend – and maybe even implement!
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How Many Apples?
A teacher teaching Maths to seven-year-old Anil asked him, “If I give y
ou one apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have? “Within a few seconds Anil replied confidently, “Four!”
The dismayed teacher was expecting an effortless correct answer (three). She was disappointed. “Maybe the child did not listen properly,” she thought. She repeated, “Anil, listen carefully. If I give you one apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?”
Anil had seen the disappointment on his teacher’s face. He calculated again on his fingers. But within him he was also searching for the answer that would make the teacher happy. His search for the answer was not for the correct one, but the one that would make his teacher happy. This time hesitatingly he replied, “Four”
The disappointment stayed on the teacher’s face. She remembered that Anil liked strawberries. She thought maybe he doesn’t like apples and that is making him loose focus. This time with an exaggerated excitement and twinkling in her eyes she asked, “If I give you one strawberry and one strawberry and one strawberry, then how many you will have?”
Seeing the teacher happy, young Anil calculated on his fingers again. There was no pressure on him, but a little on the teacher. She wanted her new approach to succeed. With a hesitating smile young Anil enquired, “Three?”
The teacher now had a victorious smile. Her approach had succeeded. She wanted to congratulate herself. But one last thing remained. Once again she asked him, “Now if I give you one apple and one apple and one more apple how many will you have?”
Promptly Anil answered, “Four!”
The teacher was aghast. “How Anil, how?” she demanded in a little stern and irritated voice.
In a voice that was low and hesitating young Anil replied, “Because I already have one apple in my bag.”
“When someone gives you an answer that is different from what you expect don’t think they are wrong. There maybe an angle that you have not understood at all. You will have to listen and understand, but never listen with a predetermined notion.” [/sociallocker]Leave a reply →