IT Guy: I am pretty busy. Can’t you do it?
Teacher: I don’t know how
IT Guy: Do you know how to plug in your toaster?
IT Guy: then I think you can handle this
Another example of a teacher deploying the Power of Need:
Teacher: Do you know if the summer school gradebooks and class pages will be available soon?
IT Guy: I can’t upload those until the schedule for next year is complete. I will send them out as soon as I can.
Teacher: When will that be?
IT Guy: Not sure. Ask the schedule person.
Teacher: Ok. But I really NEED to work on those class pages
IT Guy: Gotcha. Ask the scheduling person. I can’t do it till they are finished.
Teacher: Ok. But do you think the schedule will be done soon.
IT Guy: I have no idea. Ask the scheduling person.
Teacher: I will but I just really NEED to get a head start. Let me tell you why….
IT Guy: No. Don’t tell me why….it is entirely moot. I can not do anything until the schedule is done. The amount of NEED is entirely irrelevant. We have gone over this three times.
Teacher: But you don’t understand. Let me tell you why I NEED them.
IT Guy: NO! It has no bearing on you getting them. At this moment the options are not having classes next year or you having your stupid class pages three weeks in advance so you can add ridiculous animated pictures of Einstein blowing himself up. Essentially, we would destroy our school to save you the 2.4 minutes it takes to add those stupid animations. Try medication instead.
Student submitted Story: During my first semester at college I was forced to sit through an intro to sport and exercise class. My teacher was always so preachy about why sport psychology and namely she was the best thing since… well, anything.So a few weeks into the class she begins one of her preachy rants by illustrating the glass perception test. I am a devout optimist and so I was a little peeved when she began painting those who see the glass as half-full as idealists and ‘head in the clouds’ type people not worthy of taking seriously. She went on to illustrate pessimists as pragmatists and intellectuals of the highest order. I raised my hand.
Me: I am confused.
Teacher: About what?
Me: well the glass is representative of reality correct?
Teacher: yes of course.
Me: so if the glass is representative of reality, then how we as individuals choose to perceive it does not change the glass. If I say the glass is half-full that does not change the fact that the glass is half way full. Likewise, if I said the glass is half-empty, the glass will not lose volume. SO in reality, our perception changes nothing about reality, only how we perceive it, meaning neither viewpoints are ‘realistic’ in any sense.
Teacher: um you are absolutely right. (awkward silence) Lets move on then………
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