One Plus One Plus One is equal to Four
One Plus One Plus One is equal to Four
A teacher teaching Mathematics to seven-year-old Manan asked him, “If I give you one apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?”
Within a few seconds Manan 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, “Manan, listen carefully. If I give you one apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?”
Manan 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 Manan 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 Manan 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 Manan replied, “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 Manan answered, “Four!”
The teacher was aghast. “How Manan, how?” she demanded in a little stern and irritated voice.
In a voice that was low and hesitating young Manan 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 shall be an angle that you may not have thought about yet.
Moral : When someone gives you an answer that is different from what you expect, don’t think they are wrong. There shall be an angle that you may not have thought about yet.
13th October 2018
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