An apple in the bag.


An apple in the bag.

A teacher teaching Maths to seven-year-old Arnav asked him, “If I give you one apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?”Within
a few seconds Arnav 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, “Arnav, listen carefully.  If I give you one apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?”

Arnav 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
will make the teacher happy.  His search for the answer was not for the correct one, but the one that will make his teacher happy.  This time hesitatingly
he replied, “Four…”

The disappointment stayed on the teacher’s face.  She remembered that Arnav 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 Arnav 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 Arnav 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 Arnav answered, “Four!”

The teacher was aghast.  “How Arnav, how?” she demanded in a little stern and irritated voice.

In a voice that was low and hesitating young Arnav replied, “Because I already have one apple in my bag.” 

MORAL :  

“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.”

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2 Responses to An apple in the bag.

  1. Angel says:

    awesome!!!

  2. AANCHAL AGRAWAL says:

    wonderful n quite interesting

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