Teaching the Smart vs. the Stupid LO13387

Thu, 24 Apr 1997 19:15:13 -0400 (EDT)

Replying to LO13364 --

>Ben expressed joy in teaching smart people and frustration in "teaching
>stupid and/or lazy people".
>Could we clarify what the problem is? Is the problem that some people are
>stupid and/or lazy or are some people just disinterested in what others want
>them to learn?
>Regards, Tony DiBella

I have come to believe that there is joy and ease in dealing with people
that are "like us" and that a spread of more than 30 percentile on the
bell curve of any of the essential elements needed in the situation create
frustration. Intelligence is only one of these measures. Style of learning
is another. There are many...

In sales, the ability to communicate while standing, passing in the hall,
talking on the phone are alll important, whereas try to teach a group of
salesmen in a classroom and you will get all manner of reasons why they
have to leave, do something ... ANYTHING else.

I would be hesitant to brand these salemen as "stupid". They may be
"classroom- learning disadvantaged" but let's see how that teacher that
wants to label them would handle an irate customer or zero guaranteed

Food for thought. Cheers ... Keith



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