He didn't know any better...
Surrounded by the unexplained giggles, he walked toward the board and solved the problem.
The teacher asked the class to clap for him and remove the paper on his back.
She told him: "It seems that you did not know about the paper your classmate has pasted on your back."
Then the teacher looked at the rest of the class and said:
Throughout Life, people will put labels on you with many nasty words to stop your progress.
Had your classmate known about the paper, he would not have gotten up to answer the question.
𝗔𝗹𝗹 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗼 𝗶𝗻 𝗟𝗶𝗳𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝗴𝗻𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗲𝗹𝘀 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗲𝗶𝘇𝗲 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻, 𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘄 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳."
I love this story. It is true labels prevent us from achieving our potential. When my daughter was four, she was identified with a label by her teacher. When I was called to the school and asked to get her assessed, I told myself, my baby just needs more love and care compared to other children. I refused to accept the label. Instead, I decided I would prove them wrong. I developed my own loving methods for teaching my child, and she thrived. Looking back, I can see that if I had accepted the label she was given she would probably not have completed her Masters in Linguistics.
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