On being nice to them

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That title sounds more like “Of mice and men” or pretends to be a rhyme to that. Anyway, I have decided to write that one because the writing below is not mine, in fact, it has been copied from a schoolteacher in the story of her childhood. This is just an excerpt of the note she said she had found in her own teacher´s notepad. It is referred to a very peculiar categorization of pupils.


0. The little mouse doesn´t appear or if he does, always late.

1. Mickey Mouse arrives to the place, moves all the time. Cannot pay attention to one thing or twenty. He laughs and stands up, walks up and down the corridor,talks, shouts,plays. He is not aware of basic notions.

2. Stays in. Knows some tools. Doesn´t talk all the time. Used to be silent. Sometimes he seems to start, but in fact, he doesn´t.

3. Up to stage 3 and more. One day he forgets tools in a different place, maybe home. Perhaps he is not telling the truth and the tools are inside his bag but he knows that in case the instructor notice he will have to work. He is not a responsible mouse.

4. He attends meetings. And he owns some tools. Doesn´t talk if someone else is talking. Self discipline. Quiet and able to listen. Wants to participate. The mouse is aware of the interest in learning new things. Does some work. Not enough work, though.

5. Up to stage 4 and more, but this one understands not easy tasks. He can take notes and, actually, he takes notes. Tries to learn and makes an effort. Enjoys the class. Time passes quickly for him. Reads and writes. Speaks correctly. The instructor and himself get on well

6. Just a little bit better than stage five. More work in class and at home.

7. Mr Mouse manages a lot of tools. Reads anything. Learns plenty of matters and starts questioning what he wants to learn  to know something. Shows curiosity for almost everything there.

8. Instructors trust in this kind and those in stages 9 and 10.

9 and 10 are very close to number 8 class.



[Eunice A. Fritz .- Stories from my childhood (Princeton Press. USA, 1967)]


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