Ed­u­ca­tion Mat­ters

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - with Arthur Yeo

My mate was a con­fi­dent young fel­low. He would al­ways be think­ing of the next thing to ex­per­i­ment with when we were kids and could of­ten be found search­ing mag­a­zines for cool ideas.

His supreme con­fi­dence nearly un­did him, and the un­wit­ting driver of a bus, one win­ter’s evening in In­ver­cargill in the 60s. He said to us young hang­ers-on we needed to shake things up a bit. Af­ter the movies one night we were wait­ing at the bus stop and he knew we had 30 min­utes to kill. He got a funny smile on his face and said he would be back in a minute. We won­dered what mad­ness was be­ing cooked up in his brain this time, but all went quiet. We were in a bus stop which had part of its roof hang­ing out over the road. We were idly sit­ting, wait­ing, guess­ing what he was up to when a car ap­proached the bus stop. Just as it was com­ing un­der the canopy, a naked body flew through the air in the di­rec­tion of the on­com­ing ve­hi­cle into its lights, then just as sud­denly dis­ap­peared. The driver, who was taken aback at my mate’s ap­pendages flail­ing through the air at him, sw­erved dra­mat­i­cally and sped on.

We fell about laugh­ing both in hor­ror and glee and looked up to see him ready­ing him­self in the roof’s rafters for the next ve­hi­cle. Two more cars went by with sim­i­lar out­comes then on­com­ing lights sig­naled a third. We were ready for the fun and fri­vol­ity now; we were get­ting into the ‘swing’ of things and he read­ied him­self. At the right mo­ment he swung with all his might into the path of the car – but - it was a bus. The bus driver must have had re­ac­tions like light­ning be­cause he stopped on a six­pence and saved my mate’s life. The ‘swinger’ got such a fright, he let go and ended up on the roof of the bus. Need­less to say, the en­su­ing com­mo­tion was fright­en­ing for all con­cerned, but hi­lar­i­ous in ret­ro­spect.

He had a bit more con­fi­dence than was good for him, but the tragedy in this life is the num­ber of stu­dents who are not con­fi­dent at school and there­fore, strug­gle to learn and en­gage in life.

We love de­vel­op­ing ‘learn­ing con­fi­dence’ in your chil­dren. We do this by mak­ing sure the work they are do­ing is achiev­able. The old adage, suc­cess breeds suc­cess is just as true now as it ever was and we use that prin­ci­ple here. If your child’s learn­ing con­fi­dence is low, call us. We can give them the shot in the arm they need. 3543211.

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