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Aviram Heihal, CEO of the educational organization Merkaz Tvuna (‘Center for Wisdom’) in Israel, recently received a fifth-grade student who was lagging in math. The kid's parents tried everything they could think of to help him, but nothing worked. The child, Ofir, still didn’t know how to do math beyond addition and subtraction.

During the initial interview Aviram asked Ofir: “Do you want to learn math?”

“No.”

“What do you want to do after graduation”?

“I’m gonna be an architect.”

“An excellent profession. What will you do when they ask you how heavy the ceilings of a building should be?”

“It doesn’t matter. A ceiling is a ceiling. They’re all the same.”

“Well, suppose you are asked to prepare drawings for a building with 20 floors. Would the ceilings be of the same materials and thickness as ceilings for a one-floor house?”

“Probably not…. I’ll hire someone do the math for me.”

“Do you think they’ll accept you at the architecture school if you don’t know how to figure it out for yourself?”

“I’m not sure…. So I have to learn math?”

“I don’t know. What do you think?”

“OK.”

Ofir became one of the center’s most successful students.

Children, as all of us, learn only that which is of interest to them.


Ariella Kapelner
Former Private Postsecondary School Director
Founder and President, Living & Education, Inc.
Owner, Leadership Academy - LeadershipAcademy.me
04-05-2015 06:48 AM
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