Child's play: a story from India: one difficult thing.
The teachers at the boarding school are pleased to see the children come. "These children are so responsible and self-controlled," the boarding school teachers say to each other. "I wonder why they seem so different?"
One day, one of the boarding school teachers said: "Let's travel to the state of U.P. and find the teacher and the children under the tree in the valleys of Almora. We'll ask her, `What happens here to produce such caring and self-disciplined children?"
When they found the teacher, they asked: "What happens here to produce such caring and self-disciplined children?"
The teacher hesitated, thinking. Finally, she answered: "I can't think of anything special that happens here--unless it's the `one difficult thing.' Every Friday afternoon when we have completed our work, I challenge the children to think of `one difficult thing' we can do together. The children choose things that are more challenging than I would pick. Even though they are very poor, they may give away a favourite piece of clothing because another child in the village really needs a sweater. Or, they may hear that someone's mother has hurt her back, so they go out to her garden on the terraces and hoe her potatoes under the hot sun. These things are hard for the children to do, but they accomplish great things when they do them together."
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|Author:||Cawsey, Kathy; Bregman, Marty; Henderson, Dorothy|
|Date:||Feb 1, 1997|
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