There’s an old Armstrong and Miller sketch where two gruff, no-nonsense Northern businessmen hold a “Better Business Practice Seminar” for a series of rapt, grey-suited Japanese salarymen.
“You see, in business, what the Japanese need to do...” says one, turning over a flip chart
“...is 'Give Less Of A Shit’”
....advice that I would do well to take. I take it personally when a kid doesn’t understand something. Especially when, in my mind, it’s perfectly simple; this isn't difficult. Why can’t you understand it?
Take this example:
Me (holding up a picture of a snowman): “What is this? It’s a snowman. Harafumi?
Harafumi: eet’s a snowman
Me: Good. It’s a snowman. Yuseke?
Yuseke: eet’s a snowman
Me: Good. It’s a snowman. Ayano?
Ayano: eet’s a snowman
Me: Good. It’s a snowman. Ayaka?
Ayaka: eet’s a snowman
Me: It’s a snowman. Yuki?
Me: Yuki - it’s a snowman
Yuki: er......My name is Yuki
However, later I did have a moment of clarity: some kids are, unfortunately, just thick.
To join this school the only thing they test is the ability to hand over the money.