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Metaphors for NLP & Teaching

154. School is Boring

Fascinating Bordom

When I was a ten-year-old, I once confessed to my Dad, "" School is boring.""
He said, ""What?"" - acting as though he hadn't heard me. So I repeated, ""School is boring!""
His eyebrows rose with a concerned and slow ""I see."" With his hand on his chin, he stared into space for a moment, and then as if struck by a meteor from inner space, he suddenly shot back, ""How many kids in your class?""
""About 30.""
""And how old are they?""
""They're ten, like me.""
""Thirty kids, all ten years old - wow!"" and he stared into space as if some miracle had happened.
""What?"" I begged. I couldn't imagine what was so magical about 30 ten-years-olds.
""Well,"" he said, pausing just long enough to make sure I was interested, ""30 kids, each ten years old, that makes 300 years total. Three hundred years worth of living, in the same room, at the same time. Each person so different, with thoughts and beliefs and ideas. I mean, just trying to imagine what each one had for breakfast is amazing! Or what each one is thinking at any moment! Imagine if thoughts could be heard, wow, you could hear thirty thoughts at the same time! I wonder what secrets they all have. I wonder what they dream at night?""
At the ripe old age of ten I'd had ten years experience living with my Dad. So I already knew he was a little different from other Dads. My response was to roll my eyes and walk away.
But the next day in school, I couldn't keep from from wondering what all my classmates had for breakfast, what they had dreamed about the night before, what made them the way they were, and what they were thinking about when the teacher was talking. School didn't change, but my perspective and behavior did. Suddenly going to school was more like going to the zoo. Everything became fascinating.

Main Uses: : The Map is not the Territory, Sensory Acuity
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Submitted By: BRian
Source: Excerpt from Tim Murphey's book Language Hungry! P. 75 published by Helbling Languages, distributed by Abax in Japan. Thanks Dad!

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  1. Sarah

    Hello Dr. Cullen,

    What a great list of metaphors! Thank you for creating this great resource for people to use freely. I was wondering if there would be any way to have each metaphor page set up with a link that says "printable version", or something similar, allowing for easy printing of a particular metaphor?

    Thanks again for setting this up. It is a really useful resource not only for me, but for my students as well.

    All the best to you,

    SJ Marubay

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