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Friday, March 30, 2012

Zen and the Eleven Plus

An eleven plus teacher saw five of his students walking into their lesson holding books, files and papers. When they arrived the teacher asked his students, “Why are you doing the eleven plus?”

The first student replied, “I am doing the eleven plus because my parents want me to go to a good school.”

The teacher praised the first student and said, “You are a clever boy! Making your parents happy is a good thing.”

The second student replied, “I love to do mathematics problems, and I really enjoy non-verbal reasoning.”

The teacher said, “You are a good student. You will go on to do well academically.”

The third student remarked, “When I do eleven plus questions I enjoy the peace and quiet in the house at home.”

The teacher said, “The quiet and gentle side of your life will make you a wonderful person in years to come.”

The fourth student replied, “When I am doing eleven plus questions I feel competitive and hungry to do well.”

The teacher said, “You have learnt to adjust to the pace of the world. Go well my student.”

The fifth student said, “I do the eleven plus to do the eleven plus.”

The teacher sat at the feet of the fifth student and said, “I am your student.”’