The teacher was in the class alone when a student walked towards her.
When the teacher saw the student, said: “Did you know you got nine in your exam? You are the only one in the class who failed this test.”
The ashamed student replied: “Can you give me one mark so that I wouldn’t fail?”
The teacher replied firmly: “It will not be possible to give you one mark. I gave you what you deserved. I’m not punishing you, but I just want you to try harder and study more for the next exam.”
The frightened student said: “But my mother will beat me.”
The teacher stayed quiet. She knew all the parents want the best for their kids, but by beating, a child will never grow to become a better or educated person in life. And it will be a bad influence and harm the child in the future. It can cause hate towards education.
The teacher didn’t know what to do? Should she give one mark and save the student from getting beaten, or let him learn the lesson and study more?
The kind teacher looked at the crying student and said: “I can’t just give you one mark. But I can lend you one mark on this exam. And you owe me this mark plus its interest. On the next exam, you have to get a higher mark because I will take two marks off for my loan. Is this a fair deal for you?”
The little student jumped up with happiness and said: “I promise I will give your two marks back. Thank you.”
That student worked very hard since then, and in all future exams, he made remarkable marks. And he owed it all to his kind elementary teacher.
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