If your child ever wonders about the eleven plus and why there is such a strong need to study and work hard you may care to look at the relationship of a Zen master to his acolytes.
A Zen monk was once enjoying his contemplation, and yet was concerned about his progress. He wanted further instruction and approached his Master.
“Would you kindly give me some instruction?”
To which the Master replied: “Have you eaten your breakfast?”
“I have,” replied the monk.
“All right, then go and clean your bowl.”
The secrets and mysteries of the eleven plus should become easier once your child has explained to you the significance of the exchange.
During the eleven plus it is essential to blend reflection and activity. Your child should understand!