ISBN 9788183283717,Can You Teach a Zebra Some Algebra?

Can You Teach a Zebra Some Algebra?


Wisdom Tree



Wisdom Tree

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9788183283717

ISBN-10 8183283713


Number of Pages 168 Pages
Language (English)

Self-help & personal development

This book asks what seems like a silly question - can you teach a zebra some algebra? You may in turn ask - what kind of a question is that? How can one teach algebra to a zebra? However, that is exactly what the education system that we have inherited is attempting to do. Teachers go on to teach a subject with very little knowledge of the real subject-the student.
Our schools remind us of the story of a sports school for animals. Here the teacher is employed to train animals to compete for the Animal Olympics. The teacher looks at a rabbit and teaches it to fly. Then he gets hold of an eagle and forces the bird to run. The elephant is asked to swim and the tortoise is advised to practice a high jump. Finally, after fifteen years of training is over, the duck is declared the Olympic champion. Why? The duck can do a little bit of hopping, flying, jumping and swimming - a jack of all trades and master of none. Think of whats happening in our schools today. Students, like the duck in the story are asked to do a bit of everything with no deep knowledge of anything.
Yet, true education is about achieving mastery - it is about perfecting ourselves as a species. Each one of us was created in our unique human shape and form. We were not mass manufactured in a factory. Our mission in life is therefore to create and to give birth to our true genius - something that we are born to do.

About the Author

Debashis Chatterjees teaching career spans over twenty years across six continents of the world. He has taught leadership classes at Harvard University, has served as professor at the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) at Lucknow and Kozhikode and is a founding fellow of the center for leadership and human values at IIM, Kolkata. He has been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship twice for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral work at the Kennedy school of Government at Harvard University. He has trained more than 11,000 school principals and 15,000 managers globally in fortune 100 corporations. He has served as leadership coach to CEOs, chairmen of banks and three heads of states.