Let’s Read! : When all that we care for are numbers…

It’s time to recommend a book again for everyone to read. Surely a lot of you have already come across this very popular book by the French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It’s entitled “The Little Prince” French:”Le Petit Prince.”


One of the most popular quotes from this book is this:

“Grown-ups like numbers. When you tell them about a new friend, they never ask questions about what really matters. They never ask: “What does his voice sound like?” “What games does he like best?” “Does he collect butterflies?” They ask: “How old is he?” “How many brothers does he have?” “How much does he weigh?” “How much money does his father make?” Only then do they think they know him. If you tell grown-ups, “I saw a beautiful red brick house, with geraniums at the windows and doves on the roof…,” they won’t be able to imagine such a house. You have to tell them, “I saw a house worth a hundred francs.” Then they exclaim, “What a pretty house!”

-extract from Antoine de Saint-Exupery‘s The Little Prince

As teachers, we can learn from this book how to value our work. It would be better to look at how much our students can gain from us than how much can we get from what we are doing. Let’s try not to always look at the numbers. Seeing how our students progress as we teach them is more special than any amount that we could get.

Try to read this book and share us what lesson you have picked up from it.

You can share it to others too!


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